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Bald eagle exposed to sedative released back to the wild

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WINLOCK, WA (KPTV) -

A bald eagle found on the ground unable to fly last week took to the air once again Wednesday in Washington.

The 1-year-old male bald eagle was one of seven eagles poisoned by a barbiturate called Euthasol in Winlock.

Investigators said the birds were feeding on two horses that had been euthanized using the sedative and left out in the open.

The young eagle was taken in by the Audubon Society of Portland and released back into the wild in Winlock, near where it was found, on Wednesday.

The other six eagles continue to receive treatment at the West Sounds Wildlife Center in northern Washington. Workers there said the eagles have faced a tough recovery but they're confident all six will be OK.

Federal wildlife authorities are investigating this case. Harming or killing a bald eagle can result in up to a year behind bars and a $100,000 fine.

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