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Golden eagle released from Santa Margarita Ranch

A young golden eagle is released Thursday at Santa Margarita Ranch by Pacific Wildlife Care volunteer Bob Peak. The eagle was released close to where it was found in distress earlier this week after striking a power line along Highway 58.
A young golden eagle is released Thursday at Santa Margarita Ranch by Pacific Wildlife Care volunteer Bob Peak. The eagle was released close to where it was found in distress earlier this week after striking a power line along Highway 58. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

A golden eagle was released Thursday morning from Santa Margarita Ranch, close to where it was found in distress after striking a power line along Highway 58 earlier this week.

The eagle was placed under the care of a veterinarian at Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay, according to a news release from Margarita Adventures, which offers ziplining, programs and tours on the ranch.

It was released about 11 a.m. Thursday near the town of Santa Margarita by Pacific Wildlife Care and California Wild, an outdoor education program run by Margarita Adventures.

“The eagle appears to be healthy now, and there’s definitely a sense of urgency to get it back into the wild,” said Sherryl Clendenen, staff naturalist for Margarita Adventures.

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