Second Missouri bald eagle shot and killed in less than a week

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REYNOLDS COUNTY, MO – A second young bald eagle has been shot and killed in less than a week southeast Missouri according the Department of Conservation. KFVS-TV reports that the second raptor was recovered in Reynolds County on Friday.

A bald eagle was shot and killed last Monday in Wayne County. That bird was also young and did not have the signature white head identified with bald eagles.

Both incidents are under investigation by the Missouri Department of Conservation. They’re not speculating about why the birds were shot.

Bald eagles are protected by Federal law, under the Eagle Protection Act, and killing one can lead to a $250,000 fine and two years in prison.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111.