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Wounded eagle soars again

Susan Wood

“Whoa” bellowed from a crowd of about 20 people Sunday, as a golden eagle soared into the sky above Red Lake off Carson Pass – courtesy of Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.

South Lake Tahoe Mayor Tom Davis said he always wanted to witness the spectacle. He came armed to capture the event with digital, film and video cameras.

“In life, this was one of the top experiences I’ve had. It was magnificent to see,” he said.

Marking yet another in more than 50 released, the eagle represented one of three the center had been caring for over the last few weeks. This male was sent out into the wild because of its swift recovery from an apparent poisoning in Calaveras County.

“It has done better than any eagle I’ve ever seen,” LTWC owner-operator Tom Millham said.

With the help of a volunteer tour de force, he runs the center with his wife, Cheryl.

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Sue Hammer, who runs Tri County Wildlife Care in the Sutter Creek area, brought the bird to Lake Tahoe rehabilitation center because of its reputation for taking care of birds. This eagle was found two months ago on the side of Highway 49.

In Tahoe, the bird received 10-minute exercise sessions daily in the meadow off Highway 50. Its diet consisted of rabbit it shared every other day with a female eagle delivered to Tahoe. That one was evidently hit by a vehicle. That eagle suffers from a collapsed eye, constituting permanent care if it survives.

The birds have been kept in a mew, a caged area standing 20 feet high, 80 feet long and 30 feet wide.

– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at swood@tahoedailytribune.com