Bald eagle found shot on trail euthanized

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ORLANDO, FL – MARCH 15: A bald eagle as seen during a practice round prior to the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 15, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

DERRY, Pa. (AP) — State wildlife authorities say a bald eagle found shot last week on a western Pennsylvania trail has been euthanized.

The Tribune-Review reports that the older male eagle was found Friday on the West Penn Trail in Westmoreland County’s Derry Township.

Game Warden Bill Brehun said Monday the eagle had apparently been shot by a small-caliber rifle that day or the day before. Brehun said the bird had to be euthanized due to skull injuries.

West Penn Trail Council member Cliff Wissinger discovered the bird and called the Game Commission. Another council member, Bill Rodgers, went to the trail to photograph the bird and help out. He and his wife, Dorothy Pierini-Rodgers, are offering a reward of at least $500 for information leading to the prosecution of the person responsible.

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