Eagle found shot in Wayne County, Mo., later dies
Sunday, February 3, 2013
WILLIAMSVILLE, Mo. -- Missouri Department of Conservation officials are investigating the deadly shooting of a bald eagle in Wayne County.
The department reported a landowner found the injured eagle Wednesday on County Road 417, just south of Highway 49. The eagle was taken for treatment but died later that night.
The killing or disturbance of bald eagles is prohibited by both state and federal law. Conservation officials said protecting the eagles is not only a matter of respect for the national bird, but it also is vital to the balance of local ecosystems.
Conservation officials are continuing the search for the shooter. Anyone with information is asked to call the conservation department's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-392-1111, or their local conservation agent.
County Road 417, Williamsville, MO