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Wounded eagle ready to be released by Hoo Haven Wildlife

April 12, 2012 at 07:42 AM

Rockford Register Star

DURAND — A young bald eagle that was found shot this fall will be released back to the wild Saturday.

The bird, which underwent surgery and several months of rehabilitation, has made a full recovery at Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center in Durand.

“It was a long recovery, but he’s doing very well,” Director Karen Herdklotz said. “Everything worked out quite well. We’ll be holding a big celebration for him Saturday and try to put him back from whence he came.”

Over the past several months, Hoo Haven has received a number of phone calls and concerned visitors from northern Illinois and the Chicago area who wanted to check on the eagle, nicknamed Peace.

The eagle was found shot Oct. 30 along the Illinois River and taken to Countryside Animal Clinic in Streator, where veterinarians performed a successful surgery.

The bird was transferred Nov. 3 to Hoo Haven and will be released at 1 p.m. Saturday at Starved Rock State Park.

Hoo Haven is a nonprofit supported solely by donations and volunteers.

The center will offer educational programs Saturday and Sunday at Starved Rock featuring pelicans and other birds.

For more information about the animal rehabilitation center, call 815-629-2212.

Reach staff writer Greg Stanley at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 815-987-1369.

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