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DNR: Eagle killed in St. Croix County was shot

New Richmond News|Mike Longaecker |May 28, 2015
WisconsinImpact on Birds

A bald eagle found dead earlier this spring in St. Croix County was felled by a bullet, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. ... According to the DNR. the bird was found in an area occupied by a significant eagle population. 


The confirmation was made by the Madison-based Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the DNR said in a Wednesday news release.

The agency was first alerted to the bird by a concerned citizen on March 17 in Town of Forest near 290th Street and Highway 64. DNR conservation warden Isaac Kruse found the eagle atop a pile of brush in a pool of blood, according to the release.

Kruse said the incident represented the first illegal killing of an eagle in his career.

“This is rare,” he said.

The bird had likely been dead no more than two days when found, Kruse estimated.

“Obviously someone had a motive,” he said. “They shot it and left it there, which is -- in and of itself -- inherently disturbing.”

The area where the bird was found is occupied by a significant eagle population, Kruse said. Tall pines there offer prime nesting habitat for the birds, while lakes in neighboring Polk County present ample feeding opportunity.

The bald eagle is a protected under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

“Shooting, pursuing, disturbing or any type of harming or agitating of an eagle is illegal,” the release states.

Kruse said no suspects have been identified as of Thursday.

The DNR has asked anyone with information on the illegal shooting to call Kruse at 715-531-7667. Tips -- which can remain anonymous -- can also be placed by voice or text to the DNR hotline at 1-800-TIP-WDNR.


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