Bald eagle takes flight after injuries

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ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Thanks to those at the Cape Fear Raptor Center, a female bald eagle was released back into the wild Saturday.

The 6-year-old eagle was found injured by wildlife officers at Camp Lejeune after getting into a fight with another eagle. Since February, veterinarians at Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary and Cape Fear Raptor Center have been rehabilitating the bird.

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Veterinarian Joni Gnyp said the eagles are generally unable to be caught unless they are extremely sick, which means a lot don’t make it through the rehabilitation process.

“To be able to get one to turn back to health and really do well, then fly free is really amazing,” Gynp said.

Gynp said the eagle was fitted with a GPS satellite tracking unit by the United States Department of Agriculture to track her location and movements since her territory is on a military base with airfields and aircraft in close vicinity.