Bald Eagle released in Charleston

On Tuesday, April 1, 2003, Governor Bob Wise and Eagle Scout Trevor Chase released a Bald Eagle at Coonskin Park in Charleston. After being shot in Hampshire County, the eagle was rehabilitated by the volunteers of the West Virginia Raptor Rehabilitation Center. The eagle's wing was broken by a shotgun pellet, and another pellet had lodged in his neck. While the actual wounds healed nicely, the primary flight feathers on the injured wing did not grow back in properly after the eagle molted. We had to keep the eagle until he molted again; this time, thankfully, the flight feathers grew correctly.

Governor Bob Wise's dramatic release of this Bald Eagle, our national emblem, is sure to be remembered for years to come.



Last updated: 4.8.2003

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