Injured bald eagle rescued on 9/11 weekend

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - A bald eagle is recovering from injuries that left it unable to fly over the 9/11 weekend.

Two fishermen on the Green River spotted the bald eagle on the riverbank and called the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

Conservation Officer Brad Bowles, who responded to the scene, says as he approached the bird, he noticed the eagle was missing its tail feathers. It quickly rushed towards bushes just off the bank to hide from the help.

"We were able to get it back to the boat ramp and contact a raptor rehab facility in Meade County, and they sent an employee down to take possession of the eagle. It's there now being treated, " Bowles said.

Bowles recalls it wasn't easy to catch the bald eagle because it still had much of its strength, but they did successfully catch it without harming the bird.

It is now recovering at a rehab facility, and he says the ultimate goal for the bald eagle is for it to be fully rehabilitated before it is released back into the wild.

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