Endangered peregrine falcon shot in March learns to fly again

CREATED Jun 11, 2014

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WEST ALLIS -- Madame X, an endangered peregrine falcon shot in March, is learning to fly again.

"When she first came to us with multiple shot gun pellets in her body, her prognosis for release was guarded," said Scott Diehl with the Wisconsin Humane Society. 
 
Diehl said the falcon is progressing during daily conditioning flights.
 
"Peregrine falcons have to have fantastic physical conditioning, and even though she's been flying in a 60-foot flight cage for several weeks, she still needs to get out and really do some wind sprints, and really get some physical conditioning back," Diehl said.
 
With a little luck, Madame X will be released back into nature soon. 
 
"I'm really really delighted," Diehl said. "I've being doing this for 30 years and really based on that experience I didn't have much hope for her to be released again, but she's surprised us all along the way ... I'm just hoping she gets through this phase with flying colors."
 
A $5,000 reward is available for information about the person who shot Madame X.