Popular bald eagle rescued in Ann Arbor with the help of the Humane Society of Huron Valley

ANN ARBOR, me. – Last Saturday, an American bald eagle entangled in fishing line was rescued by rescue workers from the Humane Society of the Huron Valley (HSHV) near Argo Park.

The fishing line was wrapped around the bird of prey’s wings and held it upside down to a tree over the water, the HSHV said in a Facebook post.

“The eagle was essentially tied to the tree and hung upside down in the curvature of its branches over the water. The more he fought, the more he got tangled, ”said the HSHV. The rescue officer wrapped the eagle in a towel and took it to the HSHV, where the veterinary staff removed the fishing line.

There were no breaks in the eagle’s wings and it was transported to the Howell Nature Center for additional veterinary care and rehabilitation.


The eagle named Henry, his companion and eagle are popular because of an online nest camera. Fans became concerned when it went missing, Howell Nature Center said. The bird was located before permanent injury could occur.

In a social media post, Howell Nature Center said a veterinarian did another physical exam on Henry. After the break, he will be taken to the centre’s 100-foot flight pen to test his ability to fly. The nature center is one of the few facilities in Michigan approved for the rehabilitation of bald eagles.

Henry will be returned to Ann Arbor and released once he completes flight tests.

“It is expected that he will recover and soon be released back to his companion and eagle,” said the HSHV.

Discarded fishing line is a leading cause of death or injury in native wildlife, according to the Howell Nature Center. Learn how to properly dispose of fishing line here.


Both the Humane Society of Huron Valley and Howell Nature Center are currently accepting donations to help them further care for wildlife and animals in need.

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