Injured Bald Eagle under treatment locally after mishap

Wendy Hall, who operates Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington was called to help rescue the bird. With the consent of DEC, Huffman was contacted, because she has experience treating large birds of prey - including an injured Golden Eagle - and nursing them back to health.

"It's looking promising now for 'Mr. B'," Huffman said Monday, using her pet name for the raptor that is at this point living in her home. "A few weeks ago, I wasn't so sure."

Huffman said the eagle's flesh had been scientifically analyzed to identify the germ so the ideal antibiotic could be used. She said the bird's been attempting to peck at volunteers' faces, and grab them with his huge, muscular feet that are the size of a man's hand.

"He's stronger than most other birds of prey," she said. "We can tell he's felling better, because he's fighting us more and more."

To keep him healthy, the group has been feeding him small mammals, the equivalent of a rat a day.

Warrensburg residents Larry and Crystal Collier, also members of North Country Wild Care, have been helping out. They've been administering treatments, along with about 20 other members of the group. Collier said the bird had remarkable strength and presence.

"It's hard to put into words, but it's an honor, not a chore, to help take care of him," he said. "The Bald Eagle has such power and beauty, it's incredible."

His wife Crystal agreed.

"There's an amazing intensity in the bird's eyes," she said.

Huffman echoed the point, adding she is eager to see him soar free again in several weeks.

"He's definitely awe-inspiring," Huffman said.

Like the other rehabilitators, Kimball said that caring for the eagle was an exciting opportunity.

"When he looks you in the eye, he doesn't blink," she said. "He really does represent the spirit of America."

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