Wildlife officials search for suspect who shot bald eagle

3:44 PM, Apr 11, 2013   |    comments
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Tennessee wildlife officials are looking for whoever shot a bald eagle a couple of weeks ago.

Right now the bird is getting treatment at the American Eagle Foundation's rehab center in Pigeon Forge.

Someone shot the eagle around March 29th in Hamilton County. The gunshot severely wounded the bird's left wing, but it will survive.

The American Eagle Foundation says unfortunately it treats a lot of bald eagles for gunshots, even though it is illegal to hunt or harm the birds.

"There are still a lot of people out there that have not been taught properly or are just not very well educated and some people are just plain old malicious and they'll do it anyways. But everybody should know this is the national bird. It's got a white head and tail and that you shouldn't be shooting these birds at all," said Al Cecere, president of the American Eagle Foundation.

Veterinarians say the bird needs at least six weeks of treatment and rehab to heal its wounded wing. Then the eagle can be released back into the wild in Hamilton County.

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