VIDEO: Bald eagle released back to wild near Lake Monroe

Indiana Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Specialist Rex Watters — assisted by Laura Edmunds and Sam Airhart with the Indiana Raptor Center — released a bald eagle back into it’s home territory, Aug. 24.

The bald eagle was discovered by DNR employee Jim Robertson about a month ago when he noticed it not moving as he was mowing in the area, he said.

Edmunds said that the eagle had West Nile virus, and was lucky to be discovered in the three-to-four day window when it could be saved.

Though the virus itself is not necessarily deadly to eagles, it can leave them too weak to hunt, and they are at risk of starving to death, she said.

Lake Monroe currently has between 15 and 16 active bald eagle nesting sites, Watters said.

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Ben Kibbey is a Brown County transplant from the cornfields of central Ohio. He covers county government, business, outdoors, sports and general news.