Free to fly: eagle Ms. Stockholm released into the wild

FRENCH ISLAND, Wis. (WKBT) — Our nation’s symbol represents freedom and strength, but sometimes, it needs a little help. A beloved bald eagle known as Ms. Stockholm was released into the wild after spending three months in recovery. 

Bald Eagle watching is a pastime for residents of La Crosse. Many residents go to Eagle Watch to spy on the birds as they sit across the river. 

“Growing up, I would rarely see a bald eagle,” Kevin Cohlman, a wildlife painter, said. “I mean it’s just a magical, time of year. We’re very, very fortunate to be here in this location and have access to this wildlife.” 

Preserving bald eagles takes time and care. For Ms. Stockholm, just like the nation she represents, she had to fight to regain her strength.  

“When she first came in, she was hit by a train 80 miles North of La Crosse and she was stuck in the front rails,” Kathy Kasakaitas, an animal control supervisor at Coulee Region Humane Society, said. 

Ms. Stockholm had been injured, damaging her clavicle. She was only able to fly in a straight line, not reaching elevated levels in the sky. She was transferred to Raptor Education Group and nursed back to health until she should be released into the wild.

“She is an immature so she doesn’t have a lot of life experience yet. We’re going to try to get her to get as comfortable as possible,” said founder Marge Gibson. 

Kasakaitas says the entire process involving Ms. Stockholm has been a reminder there are “still caring people in the world.” 

As for Ms. Stockholm. she’ll continue to be the nation’s symbol.  

“Just like our country needs to be preserved, they do too. They need to be protected,” Cathy Gordon, an avid eagle watcher, said. 

Both the Raptor Education Group say nursing animals back to health and releasing them into the wild takes volunteers and donations. If you are interested in donating to the Raptor Education Group, you can click here. If you would like to donate to the Coulee Region Humane Society, you can click here.

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