American Bald Eagle shot by two teenages in Iowa from car, charges pending

Two American teenagers are expected to face a number of charges after police say they intentionally shot and killed an American bald eagle.

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The Bald Eagle is the National Symbol of the United States of America

Police say the two 15-year-olds shot the eagle from their car eagle while it was perched in a tree on farmland near Montezuma  Iowa.

After the bird was shot, authorities believe it fell from the tree and was shot again in the back where it was left paralyzed and suffering.

“There was a second shot that came out through the eagles back, after passing through the lungs where it hit the sternum then lodged in the thoracic area,” says Dr. K.C. Cornish, a veterinarian at All Pets Veterinary Hospital in Grinnell.

A farmer heard the shot and gave police a description of the teens car. Police caught them a little while later. We are not releasing their names because they have not yet been charged, but charges are expected.

Killing an eagle is a federal crime punishable by up to two years in prison or a $250,000 fine. Police expect to bring a number of charges against both teens.

Police in Connecticut investigate second Bald Eagle killing

A $5,000 reward is being offered to help find the person who shot a second bald eagle in Connecticut last December, after the bird — a national symbol — was found dead along a road in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

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