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DNR searching for person who killed bald eagle

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is searching for a person responsible for the death of a bald eagle discovered on January 25, 2017.

It was found in Yellow Banks County Park on the southeast side of Des Moines. They also believe that person has the talons of a bald eagle that was shot and killed last month.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources believe the eagle was killed sometime around the first week of January. The condition of the eagle’s remains made it difficult to place the exact time and manner of death, but damage to its legs are consistent with being shot.

“We received a lot of good information from the public, including information that led us to an individual who was in possession of bald eagle talons that we believe came from the Yellow Banks eagle, but we have not found the individual responsible for the raptor’s death,” said Nate Anderson, state conservation officer with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Anderson issued a citation for illegal possession of a protected nongame animal to Mitchell Hoyt, 27, from Runnells, on February 4th. Hoyt pleaded guilty in Polk County Court and paid $195 fine on February 22nd.

Anyone with information is encouraged to use the Turn in Poachers website at www.iowadnr.gov/tip or by calling the hotline at 1-800-532-2020. Information can be left anonymously.

Bald eagles are a state and federally protected species.

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