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Officials from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources are investigating after a bald eagle was found shot and killed in Morgan County. A local resident found the bird on private property near the town of Eminence on Feb. 1.
“It is a senseless shooting of our national bird and a federally threatened species,” Conservation Officer Jon Fennig said in a statement released Thursday.
The bald eagle is protected by the federal law, so if the shooter is discovered and convicted, he could face fines up to $250,000 and be sentenced to 2 years in prison.