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River the Bald Eagle

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Eagle Release
Dr. Nickol Finch oversees the Raptor Rehabilitation Center at WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine and is shown releasing River.

River the Bald Eagle

River is a 3 year old female bald eagle who was found by rafters and local residents North of Colville, Washington. She was unable to fly and had been mauled by a dog before being presented to WSU’s veterinary teaching hospital for care.

River was treated for lead poisoning and was successfully returned to her home environment North of Colville along the Kettle Falls river.

After release, it was suspected that River was nesting about a mile south of her release location. On January 30, 2007 she was spotted feeding on a deer kill on the ice of the Kettle Falls River.

River's story was reported Friday, Dec. 23, 2005 on Animal Planet Reports.

River the Bald Eagle
River (left) and another bald eagle feeding on a deer on the Kettle Falls River
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