Virginia

Fully recovered, young eagle returning to Virginia wild

HUDDLESTON, Va. (AP) — A young bald eagle that fell from its nest near Smith Mountain Lake is returning to the wild after recovering at the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

The release is scheduled for Friday at Smith Mountain Lake State Park. Anyone can look on as the bird is released.

The bird hatched this spring, but fell out of its nest at Westlake Country in mid-June. Unable to fly, the young eagle was captured by Dr. Diane D’Arazio of the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center.

For the past few months, the young eagle has been building up strength and stamina in indoor pens. Center staff concluded the eagle is ready to return to the wild.

The eagle’s travels will be tracked with a transmitter that has been outfitted on the bird.

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