WATERFORD, Maine (CBS/AP) — Maine is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information on a bald eagle found shot with six shotgun pellets lodged in its jaw, wing, and leg.
Game Warden Corporal John MacDonald said Monday the state’s warden service responded Dec. 26 to a report of a bald eagle acting abnormally on Papoose Pond in Waterford, located about 59 miles (95 kilometers) from Maine’s capital, Augusta. MacDonald said the eagle could only fly short distances, but avoided a warden’s attempt to capture and evaluate it.
MacDonald said the eagle was “very weak and less mobile” when found again days later. Wardens say X-rays showed the eagle had six shotgun pellets. It’s believed that the eagle died of starvation around Dec. 30.
MacDonald says Maine has 734 nesting pairs of eagles, up from 21 pairs in 1967.
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