Oldest wild bald eagle likely in Indiana rescued

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Wild bald eagle (Photo by Micah Walter/Getty Images)

WORTHINGTON, Ind. (April 22, 2016) – The oldest bald eagle likely living in the wild in Indiana was rescued in Greene County after being found with a dislocated wing.

The nearly 30-year-old eagle was found about 30 miles west of Bloomington last week. Staff with Indiana Raptor Center in Nashville brought it in for veterinary care.

It was the first time the bird had been sighted since leaving the hack tower at Monroe Lake in September 1987.

DNR says after the eagle’s wing mends, it will likely be unable to survive in the wild.

If the bird is not in pain, it will be kept in captivity for the rest of its life. It’s possible it would become an education bird, because of its significance as a symbol of one of the DNR’s most successful restoration efforts.

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