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2 bald eagles found shot dead in northern Minnesota

2 bald eagles found shot dead in northern Minnesota Photo: KSTP file.

Tommy Wiita
Updated: May 05, 2021 01:33 PM
Created: May 05, 2021 01:24 PM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and federal wildlife officials are attempting to identify the person responsible for the death of two bald eagles found in Blackduck, Minn.

DNR Enforcement Division Communications Director Joe Albert says the eagles also appeared to be shot. He said the agency was notified of the incident from an anonymous message left on the non-game wildlife phone line on or around April 23. DNR Conversation Officer Demo Regas responded to a remote area not far from Blackduck and located the dead eagles on the banks of the Blackduck River.

The eagles were sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife forensics lab in Oregon for a necropsy, the animal equivalent of a human autopsy, to find out the official cause of death.

Albert added a joint investigation between the DNR and federal wildlife agents is ongoing.

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