Recovered from injuries, bald eagle released back into wild

Eagle had 10 wounds to the back after apparently getting into fight with another bird

SUFFIELD, Conn. (WWLP) – A bald eagle was set free in Suffield, Connecticut Friday morning, weeks after it was found injured.

Suffield police said that after discovering the wounded bird, a Good Samaritan turned it over to their animal control unit. Then, the eagle was taken to the Massachusetts Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Facility in Conway, where it made its recovery.

The eagle healed from all 10 wounds on its back, and was released back into the wild just south of the Enfield-Suffield Veterans Bridge.

Friday’s release drew dozens of onlookers, including Kelly and Blake Dougherty of Suffield.

“We came to bring the kids to watch them release the eagle; once in a lifetime experience,” Kelly Dougherty said.

Blake Dougherty added: “Seems like a once-in-a-lifetime event, so we thought we’d come out, nice day, got to see it fly out onto the tree line. Pretty good sight.”

Sam Defelice of the Connecticut Environmental Conservation Police told 22News that it appears that the bird gotten into a fight with another eagle, causing the injuries.