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Rescued eagle to be released in Stafford County

© Leesburg Today - 08/26/2015

An injured eagle rescued by the Stafford Sheriff's Office Animal Control will be released Wednesday at Widewater State Park.

The eagle was found struggling in the Potomac River in May and has spent the last few months being rehabilitated at the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro.

""Stafford County is blessed with abundant natural resources and with that comes an array of wildlife. Our Animal Control officers do a wonderful job everyday ensuring that all our residents, both citizens and animals, can co-exist peacefully and safely,"" said Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Gary Snellings. ""We are very pleased this eagle is coming home.""

Animal Control received a report about an injured eagle on a pier on the Potomac River. Animal Control Officer Anthony McCall responded and flushed the bird from the water to the bank, where he was able to capture it safely. The bird was taken to the Wildlife Center where it was found to have a wrist injury and received medical care and rehabilitation services.

Stafford Animal Control handled 491 wildlife calls in 2014. Officers are trained in all types of animal investigations including criminal activity, cruelty, livestock, exotics and wildlife. Animal Control officers in Stafford are sworn law enforcement officers who conduct routine patrols in assigned areas and respond to complaints of citizens. Officers enforce the laws of the state and county for the purpose of compliance and education.

The release is open to the public. Those planning on attending should RSVP .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Directions to the release site may be found on http://www.wildlifecenter.org. Those interested may view preparations for the eagle's release at 9 a.m. Wednesday  at http://wildlifecenter.org/critter-corner/critter-cam-1.

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