PATTERSON, MO (KFVS) - According to Missouri Conservation Department Candice Davis, a bald eagle was shot and killed near Patterson, Missouri over this past weekend.
Missouri Conservation Department Agent Alan Lamb thinks the eagle was shot sometime Friday night or Saturday morning. He ended up recovering the eagle Sunday night around 7 p.m. after a local found the bird in the woods.
The bird a juvenile bald eagle and hadn't developed a white head or tail color yet.
Lamb found a bullet wound on the eagle and took it to a local veterinarian to get x-rays to find out more about what happened.
Lamb said the eagle is about a year-and-a-half old. He said the eagle was found off of county road 332 in Wayne County.
When Lamb first recovered the eagle, it was still alive, but later succumbed to its injuries.
Bald eagles are protected under Federal laws of the Eagle Protection Act. A person convicted of killing an eagle could face a $250,000 fine and two years in prison, according to Lamb.
Anyone that has any information on what happened with this incident is urged to call the Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111 or contact their local conservation agent.