2 Va. bald eagles die from gunshot wounds this month

(Photo: Associated Press)

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Officials at the Wildlife Center of Virginia say that they took in a bald eagle on Monday who had been shot in James City County.

The bald eagle was rescued by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on Sunday at Carter’s Grove Plantation.

Vets at the Wildlife Center say that the eagle wasn’t able to stand on its left leg. X-rays determined that there were small shards of metal in the bird’s ankle — an indication that the eagle had been shot.

Officials say the damage to the leg was beyond repair and the eagle was humanely euthanized.

This is the second Bald Eagle admitted to the Center so far in April with a gunshot wound.

On April 17, the Wildlife Center admitted an eagle from the Quantico Marine Base that had been hit by a dump truck while feeding on a deer carcass. The eagle sustained significant injuries from the truck accident. X-rays also found two pellets in the bird – evidence of an earlier gunshot wound.  This eagle was also humanely euthanized.

Over the past five years, there have been a total of eight eagles admitted with gunshot wounds.

Here’s a look at the 92 patients admitted to the Wildlife Center with gunshot wounds since January 1, 2011:

American Crow 6
Bald Eagle 8
Black Vulture 9
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Canada Goose 9
Carolina Chickadee 1
Cooper’s Hawk 3
Coyote 1
Domestic Duck 1
Eastern Bluebird 2
eastern gray squirrel 4
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Horned Owl 3
Mourning Dove 2
Osprey 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 13
Rock Dove 4
Ruddy Duck 1
Snapping Turtle 2
Turkey Vulture 14

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