Teens Could Face Federal Charges in Killing of Bald Eagle
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.