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Bald Eagle treated at local vet clinic

A rare sight for an eastern Kentucky Vet Clinic, a bald eagle was brought to receive treatment for its wounds.

People found it near Dry Fork in Letcher County caught in a coyote trap.

A certified falconer drove the bird to Hazard to get checked out.

“The veterinarian informed us that he thinks the bird will have a full recovery. So we're looking forward to getting it back to Dry Fork and releasing it pretty soon,” Mitchum Whitaker said.

“Bald eagles are very uncommon, to find one injured simply because of a numbers game. They're a very uncommon bird,” Gene Smith, DVM.

Whitaker believes the bird is about two years old and may have strayed from its normal migratory path due to the winter storms.

A federal fish and wildlife officer will put a tag on the bird for tracking purposes and release it sometime next week.

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