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Officials: 13 Bald Eagles Found Dead in Caroline County Didn't Die of Natural Causes

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One of the bald eagles found dead in Federalsburg on Feb. 20. (Photo: Glenn Breeding) One of the bald eagles found dead in Federalsburg on Feb. 20. (Photo: Glenn Breeding)
Another one of the bald eagles found dead in Federalsburg on Feb. 20. (Photo: Glenn Breeding) Another one of the bald eagles found dead in Federalsburg on Feb. 20. (Photo: Glenn Breeding)

FEDERALSBURG, Md.- Laboratory tests show the 13 bald eagles found dead last month in Caroline County did not die of natural causes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said Thursday. 

FWS spokesperson Catherine J. Hibbard said the agency just received necropsy results of the dead eagles, which were discovered Feb. 20 on a farm on Laurel Grove Road in Federalsburg. The results ruled out natural causes, including disease, according to Hibbard. 

Hibbard said ruling out diseases such as avian influenza is important on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, which has many poultry farms and an abundance of migratory birds.

"Our investigation is now focused on human causes and bringing to justice the person(s) responsible for the death of these eagles," Hibbard said. She added that the FWS cannot release further details about the cause of death as such information may compromise the ongoing investigation.

The FWS is continuing to work with Maryland Natural Resources Police to solve the case. A $25,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected wildlife offenders. 

 Anyone with information is asked to call Special Agent John LaCorte with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement in Cambridge, Md. at (410) 228-2476, or the Maryland Natural Resources Police Hotline at 800-628-9944.

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