Lab results: Humans caused deaths of 13 bald eagles

WASHINGTON — The 13 bald eagles that died in Federalsburg, Maryland, last month did not die of natural causes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services announced Thursday.

The agency’s forensics lab ran tests and ruled out diseases such as avian influenza — an important step on the Eastern Shore where there are many poultry farms and migratory birds.

The tests were conducted after 13 bald eagles were found dead at a farm on Feb. 20.

The investigation is now focusing on human causes for the eagle deaths. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services is working with Maryland Natural Resources Police to find those responsible.

A $25,000 reward is available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected wildlife offenders.

Anyone with information can call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 410-228-2476 or Maryland Natural Resources Police at 800-628-9944.

Sarah Beth Hensley

Sarah Beth Hensley is the Digital News Director at WTOP. She has worked several different roles since she began with WTOP in 2013 and has contributed to award-winning stories and coverage on the website.

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