PHOENIX, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Arizona Game and Fish are releasing three golden eagles back into the wild on Friday.
The three golden eagles were rehabilitated at AZ Game and Fish Department's Adobe Mountain Wildlife Center. They vary in age, according to the release and were turned in within the last two months for various injuries and poor health.
One of the eagles was found by a hunter near Prescott, and according to information from the identification band was born in 2012 in Oregon.
There is very little known about Arizona's golden eagle population, and growing conservation concerns demand that more research be conducted on these large and impressive raptors. The first step was taken in 2011, when AZ Game and Fish began a population assessment and found 160 breeding pairs had been identified across the state.
The birds will be released the morning of January 3, near Cordes Junction, between Phoenix and Prescott.