Bald eagle shot on Fourth of July near Susquehanna, later euthanized

HARFORD COUNTY, MD. — A bald eagle has been euthanized after being shot on the Fourth of July, and Maryland Natural Resources Police are looking for a suspect in the shooting.

Bald eagles are protected under several federal laws, and the penalty for killing one can result in up to two years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

The bald eagle, a juvenile, was found “in distress” along a walking path at Swan Harbor Farm near Havre de Grace. Maryland Natural Resources Police and members of Susquehannock Wildlife Society subdued the raptor and took it to a local wildlife rehabilitation center.

“Our officers, with an assist from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are investigating the incident,” stated the MNRP in a Facebook post. “If you have a tip, please call our 24/7 dispatch center: 410-260-8888. You may remain anonymous.”