PULLMAN, Wash. -- After weeks of treatment at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, a young adult peregrine falcon is well enough to be released back into the wild.
"Corina," as she is nicknamed, is returning home to Port Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 5.
The injured falcon was found by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife agents near Port Angeles during the Christmas holiday. She was unable to fly, suffering from a shoulder injury and head abrasion.
After weeks of care in WSU's state-of-the-art veterinary teaching hospital, the falcon is well enough to be released back into the wild.
"The release is the moment that makes everything we do worthwhile," said Erik Stauber, a WSU veterinary professor and head of the college's Raptor Rehabilitation Center.
Under federal wildlife law, the falcon must be released near the area where it was found.
"The wounded falcon was found at 5th and Oak in Port Angeles, so we'll have to find a more suitable location nearby for its release," explained Nickol Finch, head of WSU's service that cares for wild and exotic animals.