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Bald eagle with missing wing stolen from New York wildlife refuge

By
Ben Hooper

July 17 (UPI) -- A wildlife refuge in New York state is pleading for the return of a disabled bald eagle that was stolen from the facility.

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge said someone broke into the facility's Outdoor Wildlife Complex in Long Island between 5 p.m. Monday and 7:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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The intruders stole Sam, a bald eagle that has lived at the facility since 1988, when he was injured by a gunshot would and had his right wing amputated.

The theft is believed to have occurred about 4:16 a.m. Tuesday, when security camera footage recorded someone loading an object that appeared to be a bag into a vehicle and driving away.

"He will be stressed and cannot survive without our care," the refuge said in a Facebook post. "We want him back unharmed. It is a federally protected bird and cannot survive in the wild as he has an amputated wing."

Bald eagles have a lifespan of 20-30 years in the wild, but have been known to live up to 50 years in captivity.

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