Bald Eagle shooting in Kentucky
The shooting evidently took place while the eagle perched in a tree beside Browder Church Road in Hopkins County. After being found, the eagle was taken to Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky in Louisville. The bird cannot be released into the wild.
Three federal statutes protect Bald Eagles: the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, the Bald Eagle Protection Act of 1940 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Violators can receive fines of up to $100,000 and/or one year in federal prison.
Behavior like this makes me ask: Why shoot the national emblem?
Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service