POSTED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 4:34pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 23, 2012 - 4:51pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A bald eagle was found injured in Farmerville in Union Parish from a gunshot wound. Agents with the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are seeking a suspect.
Officials say they made the discovery on Friday, Jan. 13. A motorist driving in the area called after spotting the eagle walking beside the road. Once located, they determined the bird had been shot in its wing.
The eagle was taken to the LSU Veterinary School of Medicine here in Baton Rouge. The tip of its right wing had to be amputated. As a result the eagle will not be able to fly again. We’re told that once the eagle recovers it will be placed in a zoo or other wildlife sanctuary.
The bald eagle is protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting of this eagle should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program. To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.