Bald eagle to return to wild after rehabilitation

GRAVETTE, Ark. (AP) - A bald eagle found injured in Carroll County in March will be released back into the wild on Sunday.

The large female bird had large, bright green bruises under her wing from an unknown injury when she was found.

Lynn Sciumbato, who is 1 of 13 people in Arkansas with a federal permit to rehabilitate birds of prey, has nursed the bald eagle back to health.

Sciumbato says she exercised the eagle by entering the flight pen each day and waving her arms in an effort to encourage the bird to fly.

Sciumbato wasn't alone in working with the bald eagle. Rogers veterinarians Lynn Life and Patrick Hayden diagnosed, treated and stabilized the bird's injuries for free.

Sciumbato says the success rate for rehabilitating eagles is about 50%.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,

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