Eagle rescued from Duluth airport tarmac released into wild

Two eagles, locked in a mid-air territorial dispute, plummeted to a runway at the Duluth International Airport on Sunday, May 12, 2013. (Randy Hanzal / Minnesota Department of Natural Resources)

Remember the pair of male bald eagles that got in a tussle last month, only to wind up in a tangled mess on a tarmac at the Duluth airport?

Well, one of the birds was released into the wild Wednesday from the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center in Hastings, Minn., in Washington County. It had done short rehab stints at Wildwoods in Duluth and the Raptor Center of Minnesota in St. Paul, where it spent time recovering from wounds to its feet, legs and abdomen.

The other bird flew off shortly after the May 12 encounter.

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