Bald eagle shot in southeast Oklahoma, officials search for those responsible

A bald eagle was discovered shot and killed Dec. 27 west of Broken Bow in McCurtain County. (Oklahoma Game Wardens)

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Authorities hope to find those responsible for killing a bald eagle in southeast Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Game Wardens report that on Dec. 27 a passerby discovered a bald eagle shot along Myrtle Road west of Broken Bow in rural McCurtain County.

The eagle was later collected by a game warden who discovered a rifle casing nearby. The eagle is believed to have been shot out of a tree overhanging the road.

The bald eagle is the national emblem of the United States and is protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1962. Anyone found guilty of killing a bald eagle is subject to up to one year in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Warden Kenny Lawson at 580-513-4963 or Operation Game Thief at 1-800-522-8039.

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