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Golden eagle flying free without research “backpack”

This male golden eagle has worn a GPS “backpack” for 8 years to provide information about home range size and habitat use in eastern Washington. Now at least 13 years old, he was recently recaptured by our raptor researcher who removed the equipment to let him spend the rest of his life flying “free.” (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)
This male golden eagle has worn a GPS “backpack” for 8 years to provide information about home range size and habitat use in eastern Washington. Now at least 13 years old, he was recently recaptured by our raptor researcher who removed the equipment to let him spend the rest of his life flying “free.” (Washington Fish and Wildlife Department)

WILDLIFE -- This male golden eagle has worn a GPS “backpack” for eight years to provide information about home range size and habitat use in Eastern Washington, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page.

Now at least 13 years old, he was recently recaptured by the agency's raptor researcher who removed the equipment to let him spend the rest of his life flying “free.”




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