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3 golden eagles released into wild near Mayer

3 golden eagles released into wild near Mayer

By Laura Kittell. CREATED Jan 3, 2014

MAYER, Ariz. (AP) - Three golden eagles that had been nursed back to health have been released into the wild.
    
Biologists with the Arizona Game and Fish Department set the eagles free Friday morning near Mayer.
    
Department spokeswoman Lynda Lambert says the two younger male eagles immediately perched on a ridge, surveying the area. The older female bird that was born in Oregon flew out of view.
    
The area was chosen because of the availability of cottontail and jackrabbits that become food for the eagles.
    
Staff at the department's Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center had been caring for the birds that were injured or in poor health.
    
The wildlife center treats more than 1,000 sick and injured animals each year. Money from Arizona Lottery sales helps fund the center.

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