Bald Eagle Death

A bald eagle that officials believe was shot had to be euthanized over the weekend. The injured bird was found near Routt County Road 80, north of Hayden. Wildlife officials originally thought the eagle had been hit by a car but an x-ray revealed bullet fragments in the body of the bird. A veterinarian determined its injuries were too severe for it to survive, so the eagle was euthanized. A representative from Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed that the bird had been sent to their laboratory for additional testing.  Anyone with information on the bird is asked to contact Routt County Communications at 879-1090 or Operation Game Thief by calling 1-877-265-6648. Callers to Operation Game Thief may remain anonymous and a reward is available for information that leads to an arrest. Killing a bald eagle is both a state and federal crime, as the bird is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

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