Poisoned eagles found near suburban Twin Cities landfill released into the wild

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota officials have released a half-dozen bald eagles found poisoned near the Twin Cities back into the wild.

Minnesota Public Radio reported that 11 eagles were found poisoned near a landfill in suburban Inver Grove Heights in early December.

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The university’s raptor center determined the eagles were suffering from a euthanasia solution. They may have consumed the chemical by scavenging the carcasses of euthanized animals left at the landfill. One of the eagles that died also had avian flu.

After weeks of medical treatment, one of the birds was released on Dec. 30. The other five were released on Friday. All six birds were released along the St. Croix River near Hastings.

The university’s raptor center setup a fund that raised over $19,500 to help pay for the eagles’ care.