Eagle shot, struggles to survive
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 1:00 p.m.
An employee at an area sugar mill found the bird in a sugar cane field on Sunday and called authorities, said Paul Miller, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.
Veterinarians at the Folke Peterson Wildlife Center in Wellington are caring for the bird, which remained in critical condition. X-rays found the bird, estimated to be about 2 years old, had a broken left wing and bullet fragments lodged in its body.
Meanwhile, federal authorities are looking for the shooter.
A $14,000 reward has been offered in another case where an eagle was found shot to death in its nest in Manatee County earlier this month. Two of its babies also died.
The eagle was removed from the endangered species list last year as officials announced it had recovered to nearly 10,000 mating pairs in the contiguous 48 states. That's compared to a documented 417 in 1963 when the bird was on the verge of extinction everywhere except Alaska and Canada.
It remains illegal under both state and federal statutes to kill an eagle.
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