Rehabbed bald eagle takes flight during Missouri Eagle Days

Staff reports

A huge crowd turned out over the weekend to witness a bald eagle’s release back into the wild as part of the Eagle Days celebration.

The 12-pound raptor was released shortly after noon Saturday, more than a month after the crippled bird was found in the Mack’s Creek area.

The eagle had been recovering at the Wild Bird Sanctuary outside St. Louis after it was brought to the facility in November. Veterinarians were unable pinpoint what exactly caused the eagle to become ill, but they determined it ingested some kind of poison. The bird was initially treated by Pat and Jean Kirscke at a lake-are wildlife rescue operation near Osage Beach until it could be delivered to the sanctuary.

The Eagles Days celebration was sponsored by the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Department of Conservation’s Runge Nature Center in Jefferson City and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Raptors that make Lake of the Ozarks home for the winter are often spotted hovering around Bagnell Dam.

The area offers plentiful food supplies and places to perch that make it the perfect location for a bird-watchers.

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