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Bald Eagle healing after being shot in Marathon County

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ANTIGO (WAOW) -

A bald eagle shot in the wing in Marathon County is now healing in Antigo.

Wildlife officials say the eagle lost something important but is also gaining something in the process.

About three weeks ago Marge Gibson of the Raptor Education Group in Antigo got a call about an injured bald eagle.

"People found her in a field in Stratford and the bird was very quiet and stayed in a certain area," said Marge Gibson, Executive Director of the Raptor Education Group.

Gibson says the female eagle was shot in the wing while flying. She fell a long way suffering serious injuries.

 "Look at that face isn't that amazing," said Gibson.

So the Raptor Education Group took the eagle under its wing to help save her life.

"The bone had been fractured here and unfortunately it had started to heal by the time we got her into care so this bird will probably never fly in the wild again," she said.

Gibson says the eagle is getting the care she needs.

"We treated her with antibiotics and we treated the wing with antibiotics as well and cleaned it and did the best we could with that wing injury," she said.

Now she's in the process of healing physically and emotionally.

"I think putting her with the youngsters has been great for her because she lost her family and of course that's a very depressing situation so she's able to fill a role and I think she's been very good at it and it's really helped her kind of get over her injury," said Gibson.

Gibson says they weren't able to find the person who shot the bird. But she says she reported what happened to federal authorities.

"It is against state and federal law to shoot an eagle and we're hoping that we're able to resolve this one," she said.

But for now, this one is healing. As workers hope she will be able to live a full and healthy life.

Raptor Education Group officials hope to release the eagle sometime in January.

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