“There’s a lot more that goes into than just opening up an enclosure and just letting the eagle jump out,” Andrew Hopkins, AU Raptor Center Trainer said.
When it comes to where the War Eagle will be flying from, that all depends on mother nature.
“All eagles are trained to a certain piece of leather – it’s called a lure. they know that every time they touch it, they get a food reward. On game day, they’re looking for us to show them that lure.”
The War Eagle soars over the stands looking for that lure, the trainers will hide, and let their instincts take over.
“The crowd distracts them – so we love a sellout because that means there are a lot more people in the stadium that they basically have to look thru to find us. she can pick me out of 87,000 people.”