ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police troopers are asking for public help to track down who shot a bald eagle found at Svensen Island near Astoria in December.
The Daily Astorian reports the Wildlife Center of the North Coast in Astoria captured the mature eagle on Dec. 22. The federally protected bird was found on the ground, wet, cold and covered in blood, with a severely injured wing.
X-rays taken at Bayshore Animal Hospital in Warrenton revealed a shotgun pellet near a fractured wing bone.
After six weeks of critical care in the Wildlife Center's hospital, the eagle has been moved to the outdoor flight cage and volunteers say it is gaining strength.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Oregon State Police at (503) 325-5515, ext. 33.
Information from: The Daily Astorian, http://www.dailyastorian.com
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