The Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center, the Sequim wildlife rescue and rehabilitation non-profit, has utilized local donations to complete a new Raptor Recovery Center at Greywolf Veterinary Hospital to house any and all injured eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons that require medical treatment. The first resident of the hand-built wooden enclosure is the wounded bald eagle illegally shot in Beaver, Washington on December 15, who is still recovering at Greywolf.
"Thanks to help of donations from across Washington state, countless birds will have a better and more comfortable time recuperating from traumatic injuries and illness," said Matthew Randazzo, the Center's Public Relations Director. "We work together with Greywolf Veterinary Hospital to help save local wildlife, and now Greywolf has a special, custom-made, spacious enclosure specifically built to accommodate the large birds of prey that we ask them to help us treat. We couldn't do our work at the Center without the help of Dr. Mike Tyler, Sue Tyler, Dr. Maya Bewig, and Dr. Jennifer Tavares from Greywolf, or the support of largely local donor base."
"The Raptor Recovery Center was built from the ground-up by Center staff and volunteers," said Director Jaye Moore, "specifically myself, my husband Gary, Hal Clark, and Melissa and Matthew Randazzo. The birds housed in the enclosure will have a much better chance of surviving than previously since they will have ample room to move around, exercise, and clean themselves."
The prognosis for the wounded juvenile bald eagle currently inhabiting the wooden enclosure remains guardedly positive. Both the gunshot wound and the resulting fracture in his wing are healing slowly.
Though the eagle is expected to move permanently to the Center soon, there is no indication yet if he will be able to fly again.
One thing is for sure, however. "That eagle loves his new home," said Moore, "He is very animated, hopping around and chatting up a storm. He almost immediately settled down next to the water pool and started grooming himself, which is a great sign."
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