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Rescued bald eagle to be released Sunday

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Photo by Ali Berman, courtesy of Audubon Society of Portland. Photo by Ali Berman, courtesy of Audubon Society of Portland.
Photo by Kathleen Studdert, courtesy of Audubon Society of Portland. Photo by Kathleen Studdert, courtesy of Audubon Society of Portland.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Audubon Society of Portland will release a rehabilitated female bald eagle back into the wild on Sunday, and the public is encouraged to watch the event.

According to the Audubon Society, Lacy Campbell rescued the bald eagle from a fishing line entanglement in the Willamette River on February 10.

Campbell started working for the Audubon Society in 2011, and has worked with bald eagles since she was a teenager.

She originally was in the south waterfront area to rescue a duck that was caught in fishing line.

The bald eagle spotted the duck and swooped down to catch it, but also got stuck.

According to the Audubon Society, by using the bird's grip on a towel, Campbell was able to turn the bald eagle upside down, grab both legs and safely remove her from the fishing line.

The eagle and duck were brought back to the Wildlife Care Center for assessment and treatment, and discovered that it only had minimal injuries.

A week and a half later after exams and observation, the bald eagle is now ready to be released.

It will be released at Waterfront Park just south of the Hawthorne Bridge at 1 p.m.

The Audubon Society said to check their website, AudubonPortland.com, for final confirmation if the weather is bad.

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