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BALD EAGLE SHOT IN APRIL TO BE RELEASED

 BALD EAGLE SHOT IN APRIL TO BE RELEASED
 ATLANTA, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- There's another happy ending in the


story of Georgia's bald eagles.
 A bald eagle that was shot in the right wing in the first week of April has fully recovered and will be released back to Georgia's skies Friday.
 The mature eagle, named "Cochise" after the great Indian chief, recovered from its injuries at the Southeastern Raptor Center of Auburn University, where it received treatment for wounds on its wing, lacerations on its legs and feet, and extreme emaciation.
 "This eagle has recovered well, and we are confident that it is ready to return to the wild," said Program Director Terry Johnson of the Nongame-Endangered Wildlife Fund.
 The eagle will be banded and released at Banks Lake in Lanier County, not far from where the injured bird was found just five weeks ago in Echols County.
 "This eagle is fortunate and has a second chance, unlike most eagles that are shot," said Johnson. "We're hopeful that with a successful release, this eagle will nest here in Georgia, if it hasn't already."
 A full investigation is still underway to find the offender, who could face state and federal charges. The Department of Natural Resources' Nongame-Endangered Wildlife Program would appreciate any information pertaining to the shooting, as well as reports of sightings of this eagle or any other banded eagle. Anyone with information should call 912-994-1438. All reports of poaching should be made to the state's 24-hour TIP (Turn in Poachers) Hotline at 800-241-4113.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: All members of the media are invited to attend the banding and release of this eagle on Friday. We will meet at the Lakeland Courthouse in Lakeland, Ga., at 11 a.m., and then will go to the release site. Excellent photo opportunities will be available. Nongame-Endangered Wildlife Program personnel will be on hand to answer any questions./
 /CONTACT: Michelle Stripling of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, 404-656-0528/ CO: Georgia Department of Natrual Resources ST: Georgia IN: SU:


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