Liz Carter of Mountain Avian Rescue Society releases a bald eagle from a kennel at the Alert Bay soccer field as Henry Scow looks on late in June. MARS rehabilitated the eagle after it was injured in a collision with a clothesline.

Injured eagle returns home

An injured eagle was treated and released in Alert Bay

ALERT BAY—A bald eagle injured in a collision with a clothesline in early May was released back into its Cormorant Island home territory Wednesday following a nearly two-month stay with the Mountain Avian Rescue Society in Comox.

Local animal control officer David Faren was called on May 2 by Arthur Dick, Jr., who reported an eagle had flown into a clothesline and was down, unable to fly.

The bird was captured and delivered to the staff at MARS for care.

Last week, Liz Carter of the rescue society returned to Alert Bay with the mature raptor in a large dog kennel. The kennel was opened on the soccer field adjacent to the ‘Namgis Big House, and the bird wasted no time taking wing and flying away over nearby apartments.