TANGENT, Ore. - Someone shot and killed three bald eagles near Tangent, a Willamette Valley town just south of Albany, Oregon.
A Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division Trooper responded March 16 to a report of three dead bald eagles.
The trooper identified gunshot wounds on each of the dead eagles, state police said.
"The eagles were taken to a Veterinarian at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for examination," state police said. "Evidence of dense metal was identified through X-Rays in each of the eagles."
No suspects have been identified in the case, police said. Investigators suspect the eagles were killed shortly before they were found dead.
"It defies my imagination why somebody would do something that stupid and it sort of makes me sick," Rick Swart with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said at the time. "An eagle, like other raptors, is considered a non-game protected species so it's against the law to hunt them."
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Jim Andrews through the TIP Hotline at 1-800-452-7888 or TIP E-Mail TIP@state.or.us. TIPS can remain anonymous.