Officials seek help finding who shot bald eagle found in Ankeny
ANKENY (AP) — Officials are asking for help in finding the person who shot a bald eagle found in Ankeny that later died.
Ankeny police notified state officials after finding a bald eagle that was sitting on the ground at a busy intersection, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. A wildlife rehabber managed to capture the eagle and noted blood coming from its mouth.
The eagle died within a few hours of being captured. An X-ray showed the eagle died because of a lead shot BB in its lungs.
Officials think the eagle may have been shot in northeast Ankeny on Jan. 2 or 3.
Bald eagles are protected by federal law.
A reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest of the shooter. Anyone with information can call 1-800-532-2020.