Workers with the Arizona Game and Fish Department's Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center released three Golden Eagles back into the wild after a two month rehabilitation period.
"These eagles have a three week, four week canteen of food. We brought them up two pounds heavier than they normally would be. This gives them a lot of time to find food and get their bearings," said Jerry Ostwinkle, a volunteer at the Center who has been working with eagles for three decades.
Two of the eagles came to the center with injuries. The third was found by a hunter near Prescott, apparently too disoriented and young to fly.
"The eagle was down there and struggling to fly out," said Logan Beck, who used his sweater to pick up the struggling eagle.
"She rode in my front seat all the way back to Prescott," he continued.
The three birds were readmitted in a center off of Pinnacle Peak Road and Interstate 17. They were released back into the wild some 50 miles north, in a remote part of the desert.
"It's a good feeling," said Ostwinkle.
"We want them released. We don't want any of them to be held in captivity," he continued.
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