Dayville Golden eagle survives car crash

Bob Tompkins of Blue Mountain Wildlife releases an immature, female golden eagle near Dayville Oregon on Friday, Dec. 13, 2002.

DAYVILLE - A young golden eagle flew free at last in her home territory near Dayville on Friday, Dec. 13, after five months in captivity.

On July 17, Darren Bruning of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office in John Day transported the injured eagle to Blue Mountain Wildlife near Pendleton after she had been hit by a car.

The one-year-old bird had no broken bones, but spent several months at the rehabilitation center recuperating from her injuries and undergoing reconditioning for release. Her initial flight was somewhat disappointing to the small group of well-wishers that had gathered for the occasion, but after a few minutes spent regaining her bearings, the 11.5-pound bird (a very large eagle) took to the air again and flew out of sight over a ridge, happy to be home at last.

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