Eagle set free weeks after it was found tangled in fishing line
Eagle originally discovered wrapped in fishing line on banks of Red River in Middlechurch, Man.
A small crowd of wildlife lovers gathered to watch the release of a two-year-old bald eagle Saturday following the bird's successful rehabilitation.
Lisa Tretiak, president of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (PWRC), led the crowd through the process.
After spending a few weeks under the care of the centre, the bird was deemed healthy enough to get back in the air.
"We just really want to encourage people to really clean up after themselves and to show that we've helped this animal go back into the wild," Tretiak said. "It's really important to not release things into the environment unless [they] can break down fairly quickly."
"It can see a lot of the audience here so it can be a little intimidating," Tretiak said. "It does take them a while to adjust to knowing there are a bunch of eyes staring at them before they will leave the safety of the enclosure.
"He's quite excited to get back out there as you could see with his liftoff."
Tretiak expects the bird will get back in flying shape in no time.
With files from Thomas Asselin