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Authorities looking for tips after 2 bald eagles killed in Alberta

A bald eagle is spotted in a tree near Fort McMurray, Alta. Officials believe this is the same bird that was found dead a few days later.
A bald eagle is spotted in a tree near Fort McMurray, Alta. Officials believe this is the same bird that was found dead a few days later. Courtesy: Alberta Fish and Wildlife/Facebook

WARNING: This story contains photos that some readers may find unsettling.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife is investigating the shooting of two bald eagles in separate areas of the province.

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The provincial agency says a juvenile eagle was killed in the Fort McMurray area sometime between Oct. 26 and Oct. 29, then left to waste.

A juvenile bald eagle was found shot and wasted near Fort McMurray, Alta. in late October 2019.
A juvenile bald eagle was found shot and wasted near Fort McMurray, Alta. in late October 2019. Courtesy: Alberta Fish and Wildlife/Facebook

The second raptor involved a mature eagle found dead Oct. 20 and possibly killed the same day in a pheasant release site in the Wetaskiwin region.

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A bald eagle was found in a Genesee pheasant release site near Wetaskiwin, Alta. on Oct. 20, 2019.
A bald eagle was found in a Genesee pheasant release site near Wetaskiwin, Alta. on Oct. 20, 2019. Courtesy: Alberta Fish and Wildlife/Facebook

The agency says there is no indication the killings are connected and it’s looking for tips from the public to help find whoever was responsible.

The bald eagle is a protected species in Alberta and there is no hunting season for it.

The maximum penalty for killing one of the birds is a $100,000 fine or possibly two years in jail.

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Anyone with information about the killings is asked to call the Report-A-Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800 or submit a report online.