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Researchers to study whether "rescued" raptors survive in the wild

Bald Eagle on the eagle Berlebeck, Teutoburg Forest By Janericloebe (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Bald Eagle on the eagle Berlebeck, Teutoburg Forest By Janericloebe (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  For the first time, a Wisconsin wildlife center will try to find out what happens to the eagles and other raptors they treat after they're sent back to the wild. The Four Lakes Wildlife Center in Madison hopes to put G-P-S devices on the raptors, to check on their recoveries.

Wildlife coordinator Jackie Edmunds tells Wisconsin Public Radio it takes months to help raptors like hawks and eagles heal from conditions like broken wings -- and then when they're released, they can only assume quote, "happily ever after" outcomes.

The center is planning to install a $40,000 G-P-S system which Edmunds said would provide some valuable insight. It would help officials learn what types of injuries have the best chances for recovery, thus helping the center use its resources more effectively.

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