Rehabilitated bald eagle released in Leelanau County

A bald eagle that was rehabilitated at Wings of Wonder was released in Leelanau County Monday.

LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A bald eagle was released in Leelanau County Monday after months of rehabilitation.

Wings of Wonder held a special New Years Day release for the female bald eagle that had been with them for more than four months.

Dozens of people showed up to Glen Lake Community Schools to watch.

The eagle took off immediately, made a couple laps around and then lost altitude and went into a snow bank because of the cold, heavy air.

Wings of Wonder tried a higher spot at Inspiration Point where she was able to get more air and takeoff.

"It's our gift to the community as a thank you for all of the support that they give wings of wonder," Rebecca Lessard of Wings of Wonder said. "It's an educational opportunity to get the word out about the awesomeness of raptors and it's a very wonderful thing to witness an eagle release. Today being January first what better way to welcome the new year."

The eagle was rescued from Marquette and Wings of Wonder said she likely had West Nile Virus.

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