DURAND, Ill. (AP) — A bald eagle found shot along the Illinois River has been transferred to a wildlife rehabilitation center.
The Rockford Register Star reports the 8-month-old eagle will recover at the Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Durand. Volunteers will care for the bird before it is released back into the wild in the spring. The injured eagle was found Oct. 30 and taken to an animal clinic in Streator. From Streator it was transferred to Hoo Haven last week.READ MORE: Community Leaders Try To Find Home For Mural Dedicated To Murdered Young Activist
Ten shotgun pellets fractured a long bone in the bird’s wing. The eagle had surgery in Streator and now will undergo physical therapy exercises in Durand.READ MORE: Memorial Held For Beloved Barber Gunned Down On The Job In Lawndale
Eagles are protected under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Illinois Conservation Police are searching for the shooter. There is a $2,500 reward.MORE NEWS: Goodman Theater Opens For The First Time In More Than A Year
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