Chief Takes Flight: Injured eagle takes to the skies again in Kingsport

(PHOTO: T. Davis / WCYB)

A bald eagle that had been injured in Kingsport in early April has returned to its natural habitat.

Local bird watchers along with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency gathered Monday along with the non-profit group American Eagle Foundation to help the eagle named chief go back home.

Last month, the eagle named Chief fell into the north fork of the Holston River behind Riverfront Seafood Company after being attacked by geese protecting their nest.

TWRA officers and folks from the restaurant saved the bird which was then taken to the University of Tennessee Veterinary Hospital in Knoxville for rehabilitation and then was sent to the AEF's facilities in Pigeon Forge. The eagle was suffering from a loss of energy and was unable to sustain flight.

"We were able to discover and rescue the eagle, had it not been for the Kingsport birding trail and the bird watching community it would have been curtains for that eagle and it is just absolutely wonderful. There's a good feeling throughout the community because we were able to release the eagle," said Rack Cross, vice president of the Tennessee Orthological Society.

Chief weighed in just under ten pounds and is believed to be a female. They banded it in case it has future problems and it was released in the same general area in the hopes it will find the nest believed to be in the same area.

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