Poisoned Eagles

Apr 25, 2013

Federal and state wildlife agencies are searching for those responsible for poisoning six bald eagles last month on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. 

Ironically, the eagles were found on a farm in Birdsnest, Virginia, a well-known migratory corridor. Eagles often arrive in late winter when food is scarce so they scavenge.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries say someone may have set out poisoned bait to kill a fox or coyote but killed five eagles instead.

Bald eagles, no longer an endangered species are federally protected. Those involved could face felony charges. Fish and wildlife and the humane society are offering a $7,500 reward.

The lone survivor of the poisonings, a young bald eagle, was treated and released by the Wildlife Center of Virginia.