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Ellensburg woman works to rehabilitate, release Bald Eagles

Marnee returned 'Moses' to Moses Lake for his release after a month of rehabilitation Marnee returned 'Moses' to Moses Lake for his release after a month of rehabilitation



















MOSES LAKE, Wash. - It's the moment Marnee Wine has worked for over the past month: Releasing a Bald Eagle back into the wild.

Marnee, working with a wild animal veterinarian in Ellensburg and the Department of Fish and wildlife, provides assistance to animals which would otherwise be left to fend for themselves.

"Folks like her are extremely helpful to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, actually to the entire citizenry of Washington state," said Habitat Biologist Eric Pentico with the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Pentico said WDFW just doesn't have the resources to take care of all the animals that need help.

This time, the animal in need of help was a Bald Eagle named 'Moses.'

Moses was found in Moses Lake in December with a damaged wing and was taken to Marnee's facility in Ellensburg for rehabilitation.

After a month of care, Moses was ready to fly again and was released by Wine in Moses Lake.

"It's so rewarding when you release an animal back into the wild, you just see it fly off and you know that it's got a good chance of surviving again," said Wines.

After releasing Moses, Marnee's next goal is to get a female Bald Eagle, Wilson, to Tennessee where the bird has been accepted into the National Eagle Foundation Breeding Program.

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Eagles were taken off the National Endangered Species list in 2007, in part because of people like Marnee. Federally, Eagle's are a "species of concern" and in Washington they are classified as a "sensitive species," according to Pentico.

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