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Bald eagle released in South Georgia

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Here's something you don't see everyday. A majestic bald eagle, injured last week, was nursed back to health and released to the sky in Dougherty County.

The male eagle was timid about coming out of the cage once the door was opened. Workers on Blue Springs Plantation found the disoriented bird on the ground last Wednesday. DNR rangers believe the eagle may have struck power lines. They say it was important to get him healthy and back in the wild quickly.

"I threw a sheet over him and threw him in a trash can and got him back to headquarters and then started calling around to DNR I had to call about 10 different numbers before we got somebody," said Mitchell Mountcastle, Blue Springs Plantation owner.

"It was important if he was releasable to do it as quickly as possible to get him back with his mate and lot of people worked really hard to make sure that that happened," said Chet Powell, Department of Natural Resources.

The Georgia State Patrol helped get a band for the eagle's leg so he can be tracked to make sure he stays healthy. Eagles mate for life. Ranger Chet Powell says this eagle could have a mate waiting to help with the responsibilities of nesting season which starts soon.

The Department of Natural Resources need your help to spot bald eagle nests in Southwest Georgia. If you spot a nest, you can call (478) 994-1438.



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