DNR says two men confessed to shooting an eagle

Michigan DNR Conservation Officers Steve Converse and Joseph Myers found and transported a shot eagle to Wings of Wonder, a raptor education, rehabilitation and research facility in Leelanau County. Staff there evaluated the eagle, determined it would not be able to survive surgery, and euthanized it. (Michigan Department of Natural Resources)
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BROWN TOWNSHIP, MI (WILX) State conservation officers say two men have confessed to shooting an eagle in Manistee County last weekend. The eagle was taken to a rehabilitation facility in Leelanau County. Wings of Wonder executive director Rebecca Lessard says it had to be euthanized because it was too injured to recover and "was not a surgical candidate."

The shooting was reported to the DNR's Report All Poaching tip line on Saturday morning. Two fishing guides heard a gunshot and saw the eagle fall out of the sky near the Manistee River in Brown Township. Conservation officers say the suspects are 53 and 24-year-old men from New Boston in the Detroit area. They say the men claim they thought the eagle was a goose until after they shot it and that they didn't call to report it because they had no wireless service.

The DNR will send a report to the Manistee County prosecutor's office. The prosecutor will decide if the suspects will face criminal charges.

The DNR's Report All Poaching line is 800-292-7800. Dispatchers are available around the clock.

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