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Bald eagle shot, killed in Ankeny; public’s help sought


This news story was published on January 23, 2020.
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ANKENY – On January 3, 2020, the Ankeny Police Department contacted a DNR Conservation Officer and a Wildlife Rehabber about a mature Bald Eagle that was not acting normal and sitting on the ground near Northeast Trilein Drive and East 1st Street.

After a couple of attempts, a wildlife rehabber was able to capture the eagle and noticed blood coming from its mouth. Within a couple hours after it was rescued, the eagle died from the injuries.

Information from Iowa DNR

The eagle was transported to S.O.A.R (Saving Our Avian Raptors) for further inspection and X-rays. The X-rays discovered a lead shot BB in the lungs of the eagle, which caused the eagle’s death.

Investigators believe the eagle may have been shot somewhere in the vicinity of northeast Ankeny, possibly between January 2-3, 2020.

Anyone with information is urged to call the TIP Hotline at 1-800-532-2020 or complete the confidential online TIP form at https://programs.iowadnr.gov/tip/

A TIP reward is available for any information leading to the arrest of poaching this eagle.

Bald eagles are protected by federal law, with fines of over $20,000 for harassing, killing or wounding an eagle. If you find a dead or injured eagle, call a local DNR Conservation Officer or any DNR staff.

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10 Responses to Bald eagle shot, killed in Ankeny; public’s help sought

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    Mr. Hmong Reply Report comment

    January 24, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    I heard they taste like chicken.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 23, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    No reason to shoot an eagle, but it is easier to see an eagle than a pheasant these days. Maybe we need to ban glyphosate.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 23, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Maybe the eagle was after the family pet, but I doubt it.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 23, 2020 at 11:15 am

    What kind of an asshole would shoot an eagle?

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      Allen Reply Report comment

      January 24, 2020 at 8:02 am

      An “asshole” that doesn’t care about wildlife!

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        January 24, 2020 at 8:38 am

        an asshole with a gun

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          Allen Reply Report comment

          January 24, 2020 at 12:33 pm

          TRUE!

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            Allen

            January 24, 2020 at 12:34 pm

            But it’s not the (guns) fault.

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            Anonymous

            January 24, 2020 at 12:36 pm

            true just a slob hunter or vandal