WYTHE COUNTY, Virginia – The Southwest Virginia Wildlife Shelter experienced a tragic Christmas Eve when a young bald eagle died from a gunshot wound to the wing. This incident has sparked outrage and concern among wildlife advocates and the local community.
The bird, which was being cared for at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Shelter, suffered a fatal injury from the gunshot. The staff at the shelter were devastated by the loss of the eagle, which they had been nursing back to health.
Local law enforcement is investigating the incident, and the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources has been notified. Both organizations are working to gather information and determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.
The shooting of a bald eagle is a federal offense, as these birds are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The penalties for harming or killing a bald eagle can include hefty fines and jail time.
The Southwest Virginia Wildlife Shelter is urging anyone with information about the shooting to come forward and assist with the investigation. Bald eagles are a symbol of freedom and the natural beauty of the United States, and their protection is of great importance. Wildlife advocates and officials are calling for justice in this “horrific crime” to ensure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.
The loss of the young bald eagle has left the staff and volunteers at the Southwest Virginia Wildlife Shelter heartbroken, but they remain committed to their mission of caring for and protecting injured and orphaned wildlife. The investigation into this tragic incident is ongoing, and the hope for justice for the eagle remains strong.