Bald Eagle

Pennsylvania Game Commission Looking for Info on Mysterious Bald Eagle Deaths

Authorities need the public's help to solve eagle poisoning case.

Three bald eagles were found dead in the same area of eastern Pennsylvania and authorities want to know why and who may be responsible.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission posted photos of one of three eagles that were found between February 28 and April 4 in Wayne County. The first bird was still alive when it was discovered, but it ended up dying later. The next two birds were already dead when they were discovered.

The PGC says the eagles were found and reported by three different people. However, the discoveries were also within .3 miles of each other in the same area of Texas Township. More specifically, the PGC said the eagles were found near Honesdale and the Texas-Palmyra Highway and State Route 652.

Post-mortem analysis showed the birds had not been shot or suffered any sort of trauma leading to their death. Two of the birds did show traces of a drug used to euthanize animals and livestock after a toxicological report. The release does not state that is what killed the birds, but it seems authorities are opening an investigation to look at the possibility more closely.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will now work with the PGC on the manner. Authorities are now looking for leads in the mysterious deaths. They ask anyone with information to contact Pennsylvania's anti-poaching hotline, Operation Game Thief at 1-888-PGC-8001 or the Game Commission's office at 570-675-1143.

Anyone with information also has the option of reporting online on Operation Game Thief's website.

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