Southeastern Raptor Center to release bald eagle May 27 at West Point Lake

Published: May 25, 2017
Updated: June 21, 2017
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The Southeastern Raptor Center, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, or DNR, will release an adult bald eagle Saturday, May 27, at West Point Lake near LaGrange, Georgia.

The release will take place at noon EST near the Pyne Road Park boat ramp off Ga. 109 (Roanoke Road) just west of LaGrange. The release is open to the public.

Responding to a call from a citizen, wildlife technician Cody Langford of DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division found the injured eagle in a Troup County hayfield and took it to the Southeastern Raptor Center on Feb. 11, 2016. The bird had an open fracture of the left metacarpus, or wing tip, as well as internal bleeding, said Dr. Seth Oster, an assistant clinical professor and avian veterinary expert at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and primary veterinarian for the raptor center.

"We stabilized the patient and confirmed the fracture with radiographs. We used a splint to repair the fracture and after six weeks moved the patient to one of our large flight aviaries," Oster said.

"It took nearly one year to regain its flight ability to a level compatible with release to the wild."

Full case details can be found on the College of Veterinary Medicine website. A map to the release site can be found at

As one of six divisions in the Department of Natural Resources, the Wildlife Resources Division is charged with conserving, enhancing and promoting Georgia’s fish and wildlife resources and outdoor heritage through science-driven research, management, regulation and education.

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