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Raptor Center Auctions Gear Used By Auburn Eagle

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Items used during Auburn University's game-day eagle flights are being auctioned online.

The Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University this week began the first of several auctions for the handcrafted items. reports that the center in coming weeks will be auctioning off custom jesses --- the cuffs worn around the eagle's ankles and straps -- and lures, which are used to entice the eagle to land at midfield. The items are painted by volunteers specifically for the game during which they're used.

Janet McCoy, of Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine, said the center plans to auction items from all of this season's home games. The starting bid for non-SEC game lures will be $200 while Southeastern Conference games will start at $500. Money raised will benefit the raptor center.

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