Bald eagles are one of the most amazing animals to see in person. The elegance and symbolism make them a favorite bird for many.

On Monday, an eagle was released into Chestnut Ridge after Messinger Woods Wildlife Care & Education Center found the eagle wounded after a territorial battle with another eagle.

After the eagle was brought back to health, they released it to the same area they found it, but not the exact same area they discovered it hurt, in fear of the same fate.

According to Marianne Hites (the group's licensed wildlife rehabilitator), eagles are making a comeback in the area.

"With that comeback, you're going to have orphans, you're going to have injuries, and we wanted to be there for that," she said.

Bald eagles were on the brink of extinction in the 1960's, with less than 500 pairings. Ten years ago, that total rose to over 16,000 pairs. As of 2007 the bald eagle was removed from the Endangered Species List.

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