Vale’s eagle experts fight for better care for the big birds

Joe Atkinson releases a golden eagle into the sky. (Submitted photo)

VALE - It’s 1976 and there is a baby golden eagle in the middle of the Atkinsons’ kitchen table. The raptor, which will be intimidating when full grown, resembles a puffed-up cotton ball. It’s falconer Joe Atkinson’s first golden eagle and he’s determined to raise it in the house – until one day, the . . .

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