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Police: 2 teens shot, killed bald eagle near Montezuma

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MONTEZUMA (AP) -

Authorities say two teenagers shot a bald eagle near Montezuma, injuring the bird so severely that it died.

Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/M0KTD8 ) deputies were called Wednesday afternoon to property near Montezuma, about 50 miles east of Des Moines.

Kriegel says the bird was shot once, injuring its wing and knocking it from a tree. It was shot again on the ground.

A property owner gave deputies a description of a car at the site, and deputies soon stopped the vehicle.

Authorities believe two 15-year-olds shot the bird but they haven't been charged yet.

Officials don't know a motive for the shooting.

Shooting an eagle is a federal offense.

The bird was taken to a veterinarian but its injuries were too severe.

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