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Turkey Vulture update: a successful release!

Posted by thunsdorfer at Jul 01, 2013 07:15 PM |
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July 1, 2013: This weekend, Wildlife Care Center operations manager Lacy Campbell successfully released a rehabilitated Turkey Vulture back into the wild at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. The bird had been found injured with a gunshot wound on a roadside in Hillsboro this spring.

Turkey Vulture update: a successful release!

Turkey Vulture release - Susan Miles

This weekend, Wildlife Care Center operations manager Lacy Campbell successfully released a rehabilitated Turkey Vulture back into the wild at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. The vulture briefly landed on the ground and then took off flying for the horizon. This is normal for a release – we never know exactly how an animal will behave.

The bird had been found injured with a gunshot wound in Hillsboro this spring. Soon after the vulture’s arrival at the care center, an X-ray revealed bullet fragments in the bird’s right wing and lower back. It took the Turkey Vulture several weeks to heal from these injuries, but we were able to transfer the bird to a large outdoor flight cage by early May. This gave the vulture plenty of time to rebuild its flight muscles and increase its stamina before returning to the wild.

Turkey Vultures are protected under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Illegal shooting of protected species is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and/or a $1,500 fine. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Oregon state police are investigating the Turkey Vulture’s case.

Turkey Vulture 1 - Susan Miles
Turkey Vulture release - Susan Miles
Turkey Vulture 3 - Susan Miles
Turkey Vulture release - Susan Miles
Turkey Vulture 2 - Susan Miles
Turkey Vulture release - Susan Miles
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