Teens Could Face Federal Charges in Killing of Bald Eagle

An immature American bald eagle flies over the Mississippi River at Davenport, Iowa, Monday Dec. 12, 2005. Hundreds of eagles have gathered along the Mississippi River in search of food in Eastern Iowa as the river ices over up north. (AP Photo/Quad City Times, Larry Fisher)

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By Larry Burkum

GRINNELL, Iowa - Two Iowa teens may face federal charges for killing a bald eagle.

The Poweshiek county sheriff says the 15-year-olds were driving around in the country after school and shooting at things.

A witness was looking out her window when she says she saw something fall out of the tree in her front yard. Investigators say it was a bald eagle the boys reportedly shot.

The animal was taken to a veterinarian for treatment but died as a result of its injuries.

"A senseless thing like this there's just no good reason. If they fly into a guywire an electrical wire or something that's just and accident but this was just a deliberate malicious," said veterinarian K.C. Cornish.

The teens are already facing charges for carrying loaded weapons in a car and firing a weapon near an occupied building.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Iowa Department of Natural Resources are investigating the case.
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