One of the dead 13 bald eagles found dead on Saturday. Photo courtesy of the Maryland Natural Resources Police
Published February 23, 2016
FEDERALSBURG, MARYLAND — In what the Maryland Natural Resources Police are calling a largest single die-off of bald eagles in 30 years, thirteen bald eagles were discovered on a farm in Federalsburg, Maryland on Saturday, February 20.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police said there were no “obvious signs of trauma with these birds.” The natural resources police suspect poisoning.
“A working theory is poisoning,” said Candy Thompson, a Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman, on Monday evening.
The theory is someone may have sprayed some chemical on the farm field that adversely impacted the eagles or a chemical used to kill rodents may have been the cause of the birds’ deaths. If a rodent died outdoors and the eagles ate their carcasses, the birds could have died from the chemical in the rodents.
A $2,500 reward is being in the case. Authtorities are requesting the public’s help and ask that you contact 410-260-8888 or 800-635-6124 if you have any information.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the birds will be taken to the wildlife forensics laboratory to determine the exact cause of death