It has been determined that a bald eagle rescued by Illinois Conservation Police officers Sunday had been shot. Photo courtesy of Kathy Casstevens-Jasiek/Starved Rock Lodge.
Bald eagle shot near Hennepin
The Associated Press
HENNEPIN, Ill. (AP) - Conservation police say a juvenile bald eagle has been shot in northern Illinois.
The News-Tribune in LaSalle reports that an eagle with a broken wing was rescued Sunday.
But conservation police said Tuesday that the bird was shot and ten pellets were found in the eagle’s injured wing.
Eagles are no longer considered threatened or endangered, but enjoy special protection under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Conservation police say they’re seeking information about the shooter.
Barge pilot Rick Battaglia of Osage Marine spotted the eagle trying to fly on Sunday on the Illinois River near Hennepin. Conservation police recovered the bird and took it to Countryside Animal Clinic in Streator.