Bald eagle injured by fishing lure makes his home at Hueston Woods

Branch has made a new home at Hueston Woods State Park' nature center after he was injured by a fishing lure and was not able to be released to the wild. Photo courtesy the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
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Branch has made a new home at Hueston Woods State Park' nature center after he was injured by a fishing lure and was not able to be released to the wild. Photo courtesy the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

A bald eagle who was rehabilitated after he was found with a fishing lure in his face and chest has made his home at Hueston Woods State Park’s nature center.

Branch, who is approximately 4 years old, suffered permanent damage in his eye and is not able to be released back into the wild, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He is sharing an enclosure with another eagle, Abigail, at the park.

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Branch, a rehabilitated eagle, joined Abigail at Hueston Woods State Park's nature center after he was injured by a fishing lure and is unable to be released back into the wild. Photo courtesy the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
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Branch, a rehabilitated eagle, joined Abigail at Hueston Woods State Park's nature center after he was injured by a fishing lure and is unable to be released back into the wild. Photo courtesy the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Raptor Inc., a facility near Cincinnati, rehabilitated Branch. Hueston Woods then got permits from the Division of Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep the eagle, according to ODNR. The park will send annual reports about Branch and his care to the USFWS.

Visitors can see Branch from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at the nature center near Hueston Wood’s office.

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