Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking for the public’s help in collecting information related to a bald eagle that was shot and found dead on May 10, one mile east of Milton Reservoir in Weld County, near Platteville.

On the evening of May 9, a landowner spotted a bald eagle perched on the ground in his pasture, approximately 60 yards south of his residence near Milton Reservoir in central Weld County. On the morning of May 10, the landowner found the eagle dead in the same location where it was spotted the night before.

CPW officers retrieved the eagle and submitted the carcass to the CPW health lab for analysis. A necropsy was conducted on May 15 at the CPW health lab. The diagnosis showed the eagle had suffered a gunshot wound across the lower abdomen resulting in a fractured right tibia, liver fracture and pooling of blood in the abdomen.

CPW does not believe the gunshot wound was immediately fatal, but internal hemorrhages along with severe damage to tissues likely caused death within 24 - 48 hours of the eagle being shot. The eagle carcass and bullet is being held as evidence.

How to Help

Members of the public who may have information related to the incident should contact CPW's Fort Collins Service Center at (970) 472-4300 or the Operation Game Thief hotline at 877-265-6648

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