CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Nov. 28, 2000
Macbride Raptor Project to release bald eagle
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A one-year-old bald eagle will be returned to the wild
Friday following treatment at the Macbride Raptor Project for injuries suffered
from an apparent shotgun blast.
Raptor Project Director Jodeane Cancilla will release the eagle at 11:30
a.m. Friday, Dec. 1 (weather pending) at the Macbride Nature Recreation Area,
Bluestem Shelter, located off County Road F28, one mile north of Mehaffey
Found Oct. 15 near Green Castle Avenue in north central Johnson County,
the eagle suffered severe bruising to its left wing, a chipped bone in the
left leg and four pellets in its abdomen.
Cancilla said the eagle was x-rayed to survey the injuries and given antibiotics
to reduce the chance of infection. After 10 days of intensive care, the bird
was placed inside the center's 100-foot flight cage and monitored as it became
acclimated to colder temperatures.
No information has come forward as to who may have shot the eagle, possibly
a hunter at the start of duck season, Cancilla said. Anyone with information
about the shooting should contact the Iowa Department of Natural Resources'
(DNR) Turn in Poachers (TIP) line at 1-(800) 532-2020 or local DNR officer
Susan Hager at (319) 330-9710.
The Iowa DNR has established a $1,000 reward for information about how the
eagle was shot; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also offering a $2,500
The Macbride Raptor Project, co-sponsored by the University of Iowa and
Kirkwood Community College, helps rehabilitate sick and injured birds, conducts
educational programs for the public, and does field research of Iowa's native
For further information, contact Jodeane Cancilla at (319) 398-5495.