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NRP Investigate Killing Of Bald Eagle

Annapolis, Md. (September 19, 2011) - The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is investigating the killing of a mature bald eagle that occurred in the 14000 block of Hazen Road in Cumberland, Md. along Evitts Creek.

The dead bald eagle was found and reported at 3:30 p.m. on September 16. A preliminary investigation revealed that the eagle was killed by a gunshot. The lack of significant decomposition suggests that the bird was killed within a week of being found.

NRP asks anyone with information on this crime to call the NRP Communication Center at 1-800-628-9944 and ask to speak to investigating Officer Jim Satterfield. Callers wishing to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward can call the Catch a Poacher hotline at 1-800-635-6124.

In 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the Federal endangered species list and in 2010 it was removed from Marylandís list of threatened and endangered species. Although removed from the lists, the bald eagle is still protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Also, State law prohibits the hunting, destroying or possessing of any wild bird or non-game bird in Maryland.

   September 19, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

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