Two peregrine falcons released into the wild

PORTLAND, Ore. - Two rehabilitated peregrine falcons were released back into the wild Saturday morning at Kelley Point Park.

The falcons, both young females, were found in North Portland in mid-September.

The Audubon Society of Portland said they were probably suffering from botulism poisoning - there was a small outbreak at the time around Smith and Bybee Lakes, and the falcons might have eaten contaminated waterfowl there.

"After receiving treatment in our wildlife care center, the peregrines have made a full recovery," said Audubon Society of Portland veterinarian Deb Sheaffer. "We're pleased that we can open the birds' release to the public - it will be a great opportunity to see the world's fastest animal in action."