DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two bald eagles were released into the wild from Mount Sugarloaf in Deerfield Monday afternoon.
The birds have been in the care of licensed wildlife rehabilitator and retired Fish and Wildlife Game Warden Tom Ricardi for the last four months. The Conway resident cares for injured birds and operates a captive-breeding program.
Ricardi told 22News he’s so grateful for the number of people who trekked to the top of the nearly half-mile high Mount Sugarloaf for this experience.
“It’s nice to see people interested in the environment, especially your kids,” Ricardi said. “It’s nice to see young people, because today they’re fixated with electronics.”
For several minutes, one of the bald eagles resisted every attempt to fly out of his cage, prompting Ricardi to remark, “See what happens when you get three square meals every day?”
Eventually the bald eagle succumbed to nature’s call and took off into the wild. It was the first release for Ricardi in more than a year.
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