13 Bald Eagles Found Dead In Maryland! $10,000 Reward for More Info

Posted by on February 23, 2016 in Environment, Wildlife with 9 Comments

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On Saturday, February, 20, 13 bald eagles were found dead on a farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The cause is still unknown, but one theory is they may have been poisoned.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says the birds may have eaten poisoned rodents or could have been killed by a chemical someone sprayed on a field. Edgell says he hasn't laid any poison on his farm, and described the carcasses of some of the birds on his Federalsburg farm as having been “flattened.”

The bald eagle, the official bird of the United States (declared so in the late 1700s) was taken off the official endangered species list in 2007. Still, Thomson points out, it is illegal for people to kill them.

The case has been turned over to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and according to Live Science, the FWS is offering up to $2,500 for information about the dead bald eagles. The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are also contributing up to $5,000. The Phoenix Wildlife Center, Inc., a wildlife rehabilitation center located in Phoenix, Maryland, is also offering $2,500 in exchange for information about the death of the birds.

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  1. 10205853267472754@facebook.com' Kate Lucas Gadsby says:

    oh no!

  2. 940292809341054@facebook.com' Jeb Jebberson says:

    Did someone just poison a bunch of small animals on a nearby farm? Maybe the eagles ate some poison animal?

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  4. 10153402683952592@facebook.com' Amy Lynn Pfleegor says:

    If they weren’t specifically targeted wouldn’t there be deceased hawks as well? That many raptors in a specific area should include a variety of other raptors as well, shouldn’t it? I would guess that the eagles were attracted to a domestic prey that was just a bit too large for hawks, and someone was annoyed at having their livestock eaten by the birds….

  5. 1566438320348922@facebook.com' Larry Palmer says:

    Guessing? Let’s be patient and wait for the pros to report!

  6. 1062806867119019@facebook.com' Dania Oliva-Pena says:

    That’s devastating to see .

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