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ARVADA - A bald eagle, rescued in Arvada, could be released back into the wild in time for the Fourth of July.

The bird was found a few weeks ago at the Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge.

It was struggling to fly, even stand, so a concerned citizen called police. An animal management officer came out, got the bird and immediately called Birds of Prey. Birds of Prey is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned raptors.

The organization determined the eagle had lead poisoning and has been taking care of it ever since. They don't know how the eagle got sick.

They say it is most likely from a fish that had swallowed a lure or from an animal that had pellets from a gun.

Arvada Police tell 9NEWS at first, it was touch and go. About a week ago, they found out the eagle will be okay.

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