Today the American Eagle Foundation released a 15-week-old juvenile Bald Eagle back into its nesting area near Harrison Bay State Park.CLICK HERE
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The eagle came to the foundation a few weeks ago after falling out of its nest
. It was suffering from several cuts on its right wing and fly larvae present on the wounds.
The young eagle was taken to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Center.
It was released back into the wild on Monday. The Eagle Foundation said on its Facebook page
that after the release, they could see the eaglet's parents flying above it.
The handler's named the eagle "the Great Concilator" in honor of the recently-deceased former Tennessee U.S. Senator
The second eaglet hatched this year appears to be in good health.
This is the fourth year a pair of bald eagles has returned to the same nest at the Bear Trace Golf Course on the shores of Chickamauga Lake. They successfully raised two youngsters the first year, they failed to raise any young the second year, and one eaglet fledged in 2013.
Three years ago, Bear Trace Superintendent Paul Carter worked diligently to secure funds and coordinate the difficult task of placing a live streaming webcam 75 feet high at the edge of the eagles' nest in a pine tree.
The Harrison Bay Eagle Cam
Project is supported by Friends of Harrison Bay State Park, the United States Golf Association and several individual donors.