This is such a tragedy! 13 Bald Eagles, the symbol of our great nation, were recently found dead in Maryland and authorities are offering a $25,000 reward for details on what happened to them.
After the discovery of 13 dead bald eagles in rural Maryland, animal protection groups have pledged up to $25,000 as a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction, according to the Center for Biological Diversity.
The activist organization said Wednesday that it is was offering up to $15,000. Three other groups, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, had pledged a total of $10,000, the federal agency said.
Four of the dead eagles were found by a man who was searching a field for shed deer antlers Saturday near Federalsburg, in Maryland’s Eastern Shore near the Delaware border, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson.
He found three more dead eagles nearby, then called the state agency, Thomson told CNN. Wildlife officers searched the area, finding nine more carcasses.
It is “the largest die-off in one area in Maryland in 30 years,” Thomson said, citing an incident in which eight bald eagles were found dead of suspected poisoning, though testing did not provide conclusive answers.
The cause of death in this die-off is still unknown.
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