Raptor released back into the wild after recovery at raptor center

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:58 AM.

Although their diet primarily consists of fish, Gnyp said bald eagles also are scavengers.

“Their favorite food is deer, which are large carcasses,” Gnyp said. “They’re usually shot by a hunter, wounded, then ran off ... So they sit out in the woods where the vultures and eagles find them. ... (The birds) also find the lead that’s found in them.”

Gnyp said that hunters often are great conservationists but added that she wishes ammunition manufacturers could find a more eco-friendly product.

“If we could somehow get some ammunition that served the purpose of the hunters and the game they’re trying to hunt that was lead-free, it would take this whole equation out of existence,” Gnyp said.

Aang was found by members of Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in Hubert and brought to the raptor center for care.

Tonya Weil of Richlands works at Possumwood Acres and she attended the eagle’s release.

“You don’t get to see a bald eagle every day, and you certainly don’t get to see one being released every day,” Weil said. “I’m still worried about him because he won’t leave, but I’m very excited that he’s got his freedom back.”



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