• Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    Theodore Roosevelt

    National Park North Dakota

Eagle Release

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Date: February 25, 2011
Contact: Eileen Andes, 701-623-4466
Contact: Michael Oehler, 701-623-4466

Eagles to Be Released in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Dakota Zoo and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service are pleased to announce the scheduled release of two Golden Eagles and one Bald Eagle at a remote location in the south Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The releases will take place on Thursday, March 3 at 1:00 p.m. MST.

"We are very excited to participate in the effort to return these eagles to the wild," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor. "The park provides excellent habitat and forage for the birds. Because our elk reduction program was so successful, there is a good supply of elk meat available for them to feed on if they stay inside the park boundary."

The eagles have been undergoing rehabilitation at the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck. The Dakota Zoo conducts medical treatment and rehabilitation for numerous raptors each year, specializing in endangered and threatened species, particularly eagles.

Eagles have made a remarkable comeback in North Dakota, due in part to the outlawing of the pesticide DDT, which caused eggshells to be too thin for incubation. Once endangered, Bald Eagles were removed from the Endangered Species List in 2007. Both species of eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

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