Eagle Release



Veteran's Day Eagle Release

November 11th @ 9:00 A.M.

Unfortunately we will not be able to release Freedom as planned. He is not physically capable of being released, and we will not release an animal unless it has the best chance of survival.

We will still offer the walking tour at 9AM; admission for Veterans will still be free.

This event will still act as a fundraiser to build a Flight Center for our injured raptors so that they may have the best space possible to recuperate before release.

We are very sorry that Freedom cannot be released but we must do what is best for the bird. Thank you for understanding

Redwolf Sanctuary

Redwolf Sanctuary

RISING SUN, IN - It started as a small wildlife education center in southern Indiana, but now the Red Wolf Sanctuary is a popular destination for the whole family. Sherman is there to show us how you can plan a trip on the wild side this summer.




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A female eagle that is known to frequent the Brookville, Indiana area is fighting for her life at the Red Wolf Sanctuary.

The severely injured eagle was spotted in Laurel on Sunday, April 9 in a field, according to Paul Strasser, the founder and director of Red Wolf Sanctuary.

Strasser said the eagle was found with an injured eye and wing.

It's believed the eagle was injured during a fight by another eagle that took her territory. Strasser said eagles are notorious bitters.

Maggots and fly larva had to be removed from the wing after being rescued by Strasser and Cincinnati Zoo's Gary Denzler. 

None of the eagle's bones were broken, but soft tissue damage and feather loss are the concern.

The eagle is expected to survive, if it eats and the infection doesn't spread, according to Strasser. The eagle has been receiving medication.  

Strasser said it may take a while for the eagle to return back to the wild. 

"They have to almost be perfect to make it out in the wild and she's already not doing so well.  So we have a contingent plan of raising some money to build her a permanent home," Strasser said. 

If she isn't able to go into the wild, the Red Wolf Sanctuary will build her a permanent home where she can be used as an education animal.   

Strasser said they will need donations to expand the current raptor center for the eagle. 

For more information about the Red Wolf Sanctuary, visit their website.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017 

Story from the Rising Sun Recorder/ Ohio County News

May 18, 2016

Non-profit wildlife preservation houses wild animals while educating people

Expansion plans remain in the works at a wildlife refuge in Rising Sun, Indiana.

But, the daily demands of running Red Wolf Sanctuary come first, and the non-profit wildlife preservation is spreading the word that it could use some help.

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It is basically operated by one impassioned preservationist, Paul Strasser, who is now in his 60s.

Strasser's wife, a paid staffer and some volunteers give him assists and are mission-driven, but they are also dependent on donations.

You never know what wild animal will be harbored at the sanctuary.

Most are rescues like Eva, a young bobcat with an ulcerated eye. Although caged and prone to hang in a culvert pipe, she is wild and aggressive and it’s best to not get too close.

This is the place that recently nursed a wounded bald eagle, named Emmy, back to health. It's the type of work that's either in your blood or you don’t bother.

Strasser cleaned, fed and nursed Emmy back to health a few months ago.

Photos of Emmy

The setting is mostly serene across the 452 acres in rural Rising Sun.

But at feeding time, it can be a swirl of fast-moving beaks and even faster-moving fingers.

Strasser still has all of his fingers, although he’s perhaps set a modern-day record for Band-Aid use.

For him, it’s just another day at the office.

The working motto at Red Wolf is "Preserve the living past for the future to enjoy."

Along with his prized Irish wolfhounds, Guiness and Paddington, the wildlife includes a variety of foxes, horses at times, wolves, mink the size of a human finger and at the moment four big, barreling black bears.

Watch: Baby mink revived at Red Wolf

One bear, named Tecumseh, was a scrawny 185 pounds upon arrival and currently pushes 700 pounds.

There are no vacation weeks and Strasser hosts educational tours by appointment.

Just coaxing skittish baby foxes to eat dead mice can be an exhausting exercise in patience.

The temporary cages housing a bobcat and the wild foxes this spring run roughly $6,000.

But, the facilities Strasser envisions and needs to keep up with regulations for housing bears approach a half-million dollars.

And for just the bears, it's a diet of 200 pounds of food per day.

“Black bears can be black, brown, blue, white or cinnamon,” Strasser rattled off while walking the property with WLWT.

“So again, you can talk to kids about diversity,” he said.

The diverse environment presents both reward and challenge.

It’s not everyone who can maneuver an injured wild fox into a carrying cage for a trip to the vet.

The injured fox was transported to Bright Veterinary Clinic, tranquilized and prepped for surgery.

X-rays exposed the medical necessity for an animal that was nearly road kill.

Someone brought the injured fox to Red Wolf for care. Reputation and word of mouth can be powerful connections.

Dr. Steven Hubbard who runs the vet clinic, said, "It takes a very special person. As I said, Paul, his staff down there, do a fabulous job doing that. I just help when they need help."

Hubbard looked over at the anesthetized fox with an oxygen mask attached and said, "Next year, he'll probably be the proud father of little baby foxes.”

With a presence that seems at once both grizzled and gentle, Strasser knows aging will set its own limitations on what he can get done.

He has no groomed successor, only a fierce determination to protect the land and try to encourage funding for expansion.

If not for what area businesses and donors already provide, his wildlife preservation effort would fold.

He does what he does to sustain what he can.

"So, in essence, the red wolf and all these other animals that are highly endangered will be gone unless we step up,” Strasser said.

Strasser employs healthy doses of characteristic good humor along the way.

"I work for an idiot, but I can't fire me," said.

His impact is perhaps best measured by his hands-on dedication to wildlife preservation and the intangibles flowing from it.

“When you get a school bus full of little kids going down the road howling, that's pretty cool,” he stated, showing his pride.

He spoke of the four young women who were volunteers at Red Wolf last year and have been accepted to veterinary school.

To learn more about Red Wold Sanctuary, the mission, the man and the wildlife he servesclick here for more information on Red Wolf Sanctuary.


Story by: John London WLWT 5