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On Feb. 8, 2023 Three Rivers Avian Center released a recovered bald eagle back at Bluestone State Park.

HINTON — Last October, a three-year-old bald eagle hunting for prey over an expanse of farmland near Greenville, in Monroe County, allegedly flew into a game farm’s tall wire fence, became entangled and struggled to free itself, breaking a wing in the process.

Game farm employees found the injured bird, and West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officer J.C. Wheeler was made aware of its situation and location.

Eagle Release Bluestone Dam

Three Rivers Avian Center Director Wendy Perrone briefs reporters about the three months of rehabilitation work needed to prepare the young bald eagle for its return to the wild.

Eagle Release Bluestone Dam

Monroe IV, a three-year-old bald eagle, takes flight at the shore of Bluestone Lake after recovering from a broken wing and lead poisoning with help from Three Rivers Avian Center and Charleston veterinarian Sarah Stephenson.

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Eagle Release Bluestone Dam

An instant after Natural Resources Police Officer J. C. Wheeler opened a gate to his cage, bald eagle Monroe IV proves his airworthiness following surgery and three months of rehabilitation.

Eagle Release Bluestone Dam

Three Rivers Avian Center staffers Caleb Keneipp and Alisha Segars carry a draped cage containing bald eagle Monroe IV to its release site on the shoreline of Bluestone Lake.

Rick Steelhammer is a features reporter. He can be reached at 304-348-5169 or Follow @rsteelhammer on Twitter.

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