Bald eagle euthanized after being shot in northern Michigan

Bald Eagle, Photo Date: 2006 (Source: Carl Chapman / CC BY 2.0)
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MANISTEE, Mich. (AP) Michigan officials say a bald eagle was euthanized after being shot by hunters in Manistee County who said they mistook it for a goose.

The Department of Natural Resources says local fishing guides saw the shooting Saturday in a wooded area on the Manistee River and called the agency's poaching hotline.

The 2-year-old female was taken to Wings of Wonder, a raptor rehabilitation facility in Leelanau County. Staffers determined both of her wings were too badly damaged for surgery to succeed.

Conservation officers and a sheriff's deputy confronted the two hunters, ages 53 and 24, who were from New Boston near Detroit. They admitted shooting the eagle.

The DNR said Tuesday it will submit a report to the county prosecutor's office, which will decide whether to file charges.

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