The Pennsylvania Game Commission is trying to determine who fatally shot a bald eagle in western Pennsylvania earlier this month.
Wildlife Conservation Officer Shawn Harshaw says in a report by WJAC-TV that some people riding all-terrain vehicles spotted the wounded bird on May 10 in northern Cambria County.
The bird died before it could be treated and an examination determined it was killed by a single shot from a small-caliber gun.
Wounding or killing the birds is a state and federal crime. The birds are no longer on the endangered species list, but are still considered a threatened species in Pennsylvania.
Investigators believe the bird was likely shot near where it was found, in Allegheny Township, not far from Loretto. That’s because the wound was too serious for the bird to have traveled far.