CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s Natural Resources Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a bald eagle near Cumberland.

The agency said Monday that the bird was found Friday afternoon several miles north of town on Hazen Road along Evitts Creek.

Investigators say the mature bird had been dead no more than a week.

Bald eagles are protected by the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. A first offense by an individual carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (7)
  1. Marty says:

    WOW, that is a bigger penalty than for killing a Human in Baltimore City

    1. Matt says:

      that’s because the Bald Eagle is more useful than most residents of Baltimore City.

      1. pigeon says:

        Tee Hee!

  2. Holly says:

    The person who did this should get the max punishment for killing such a beautiful animal and because everyone knows better than to kill and Eagle! I wonder what kind of thrill this person recieved by killing! Must be a real sicko!!!

    1. bird killer1 says:

      Ain’t I a good shot, got it on the fly

  3. pigeon says:

    Hope the catch the sucker that shot the Eagle! If and when that individual is caught throw the book at him/her. Punishment to the max!

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