The bald eagle local sportsman Tim Hubbard rescued from attack in late January returned to the wild Feb. 24–but it seemed reluctant to leave Hillsboro.
Approximately 100 watched as Jerry and Linda Bethke, co-owners of the Soaring Eagle Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Prairie du Sac, released the eagle near Hillsboro Lake at Field Veterans’ Memorial Park.
The eagle circled the lake, then flew over Water Ave. and repeatedly circled a cemetery before heading into the wild.
The ceremony marked the end of a story that began Jan. 31, when Hubbard and his wife, Alice, rescued the eagle, which was under attack by two other eagles near their rural Hillsboro home.
None of the veterinarians they contacted had either the expertise or the desire to nurse the injured bird back to health, due largely to state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulations. However, the Baraboo Zoo and Wildlilfe Preserve gave the Hubbards the phone number of the non-profit Soaring Eagle Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which agreed to take the eagle and nurse it back to health.
Donations were accepted at the release. Several businesses and local residents have already donated to the center for its willingness to heal the eagle.