Shooting Deaths of 2 Bald Eagles May Be Related
March 21, 2017
Wildlife authorities in Iowa are looking for those responsible for the recent shooting deaths of two bald eagles, the stateÂ Department of Natural ResourcesÂ said in a news release.
The eagles were found aroundÂ 10 milesÂ apart in Webster County.
"People around here are outraged," said Bill Spece, state conservation officer with the Iowa DNR. "Both eagles were shot with a similar caliber firearm and left for dead so it is possible that these cases are related."
According to the news release, an immature eagle was first found two weeks ago in theÂ Boone Forks Wildlife Area by a person hunting for shed deer antlers.
The second eagle was a mature bird found last Saturday near Lehigh, Iowa.
Iowa DNR: The [second] eagle was alive, but died shortly after being transported to a wildlife rehabilitator. It had been shot twice.
"We don't have much to go on so we are asking for the public's help to find those responsible," Spece said in the news release.
Anyone who hasÂ information on the case can contactÂ Turn in Poachers (TIP) website atÂ www.iowadnr.gov/tip, call the TIP hotline atÂ 1-800-532-2020Â or call SpaceÂ directly at 515-571-0127. Information can be left anonymously.
Bald eagles are a state and federally protected species.