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UPDATE: Bald eagle that hit boat on I-94 is set free

UPDATE: A bald eagle that was injured when he flew into a shrink-wrapped boat moving on Interstate 94 in western Wisconsin has been set free.

Credit: WEAU

UPDATED Wednesday, May 14, 2014 --- 10:46 a.m.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) -- A bald eagle that was injured when he flew into a shrink-wrapped boat moving on Interstate 94 in western Wisconsin has been set free.

The adult male flew into the white shrink wrap April 25 as the boat was being towed at about 70 miles an hour near Menomonie.

Scott and Marilyn Kregness, who were driving the truck, saw the bird fly past and noticed the hole in the wrap when looking in the rearview mirror but didn't realize he was inside until another driver alerted them.

The bird was taken to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul for rehabilitation, after an eye hemorrhage and internal injuries.

Scott Kregness released him Wednesday in Menomonie and says it was great feeling to see him fly away.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, April 28, 2014 --- 1:55 p.m.

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) -- A bald eagle injured when he flew into a shrink-wrapped boat moving along Interstate 94 in western Wisconsin is on the equivalent of bed rest for birds.

That's according to Julia Ponder, executive director of the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul.

The adult male flew into the boat Friday as it was being towed at about 70 miles an hour near Menomonie.

Scott and Marilyn Kregness eventually found the eagle beneath the wrap and called bird rescuers.

Ponder said Monday his internal organs were jarred and he has an eye hemorrhage. He's in a hospitalization cage and possibly in a couple weeks they will test his flying. From there, he may need to be reconditioned.

But Ponder says it's a good sign that he's feisty.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Saturday, April 26, 2014

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) -- A Minnesota couple driving their boat home from Florida got quite a surprise: a bald eagle crashed through the shrink wrap while the boat was on Interstate 94 in Wisconsin.

The Chippewa Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1lTu7T4 ) the eagle dove across the top of the pickup truck of Scott and Marilyn Kregness as they crossed the Red Cedar River near Menomonie, and crashed through the shrink wrap on Friday.

They kept going after only seeing a hole. But another driver told them the eagle was still inside. So Scott Kregness crawled around the back and found the bird between the motors, alive and upright.

Patti Stangel of Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release, Inc. in Colfax came out.

She says after the bird is examined it will be released, assuming it's in good health.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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