Pennsylvania Game Commission Investigating Bald Eagle Deaths
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking for information related to the deaths of three bald eagles that were discovered in the same general area of Wayne County.
Each of the eagles was found in the vicinity of the Texas-Palmyra Highway and State Route 652, near Honesdale, in Texas Township.
According to a Facebook post by the Pennsylvania Game Commission the incidents have all occurred within the last 60 days.
The first eagle, discovered on Feb. 28, was alive but in poor condition and did not survive. The second bird was found dead on March 16 and the third was found dead on April 4.
Making the situation more alarming is that the three eagles were found within .3 miles of each other but were reported by separate individuals.
Necropsies of the eagles showed no signs of trauma. However, toxicological screenings performed on two of the eagles revealed traces of a controlled drug commonly used to euthanize domestic animals and livestock.
The Game Commission is working in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct the investigation.
Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to call the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Northeast Region Office at 570-675-1143 or the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-888-PGC-8001 or online at https://bit.ly/3airvh4. All information is kept confidential.
Thank you in advance for your assistance and for helping to protect Pennsylvania wildlife.