Officials prep Decorah eagle for surgery

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a young eagle in Decorah is being prepped for surgery to treat a broken wing.

The Raptor Resource Project says the bird's wing will be repaired in surgery Friday. Waterloo television station KWWL reports (http://bit.ly/1o7Ptyl ) the eagle is expected to recover and be released back into the wild, but the reintroduction process could take more than a year.

Director Bob Anderson says the eagle, along with others, has kept away from its nest. Officials think it's linked to a gnat infestation that could stress the birds.

The Raptor Resource Project is a nonprofit group that helps preserve various birds including falcons and eagles.

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Information from: KWWL-TV, http://www.kwwl.com

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