Poisoned bald eagle returns to the wild in Virginia Beach; reward offered for information

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April 25, 2013,  

A poisoned bald eagle returned to the wild in Virginia Beach Thursday to a cheering crowd at the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  The bird was one of six bald eagles found poisoned in Northampton County in March – it was the only one of the six to survive.  All were found between March 8 and March 14 on Seaside Road in Birdsnest.

The surviving eagle was rehabilitated at the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro over the past two months.  Dr. Dave McRuer, Director of Veterinary Medicine at the Wildlife Center, released the eagle, seeing the silver lining in a sad situation.

“What is really nice is that at least one of them did make it and it was through the efforts of a lot of people who cared and supported the rehabilitation process,” Dr. McRuer explained.

As a crowd of onlookers cheered, McRuer counted to three before releasing the bird that soared into the sky above the wildlife refuge.

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