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Man Behind Eagle 'Killing Spree' Pleads Guilty

Travis Branson helped kill around 3.6K birds, including eagles, for black market sales

(Newser) - A Washington state man accused of helping kill thousands of birds pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to shooting eagles on an American Indian reservation in Montana and selling their feathers and body parts on the black market. Travis John Branson pleaded guilty to conspiracy, wildlife trafficking, and two...

Bald Eagle Rescued From SUV Grille
Bald Eagle Rescued
From SUV Grille

Bald Eagle Rescued From SUV Grille

It was stuck after collision on Maryland highway

(Newser) - It would be a bad situation for any creature, let alone America's majestic national bird. An animal control officer in Maryland came to the rescue Saturday after a bald eagle was trapped in the front grille of an SUV, NBC Washington reports. In a Facebook post , officials in Calvert...

Prosecutors: Men Shot Eagles for Black Market
Man Accused
in Bird Killing
Spree Skips

Man Accused in Bird Killing Spree Skips Court

Arrest warrant issued by federal judge after he doesn't show up for Montana hearing

(Newser) - One of two men in Montana accused of illegally killing thousands of birds is now a fugitive. Simon Paul, 42, failed to show up for a court appearance on Monday, prompting the federal judge in the case to issue an arrest warrant for him, reports USA Today . Alleged accomplice Travis...

Eagle Who Tried to Hatch a Rock Gets His Dad Wish

Murphy wanted to be a father so bad that Missouri sanctuary is now letting him foster its new eaglet

(Newser) - Father's Day isn't for a couple of more months, but there's one dad who deserves acknowledgment now. That would be Murphy, a bald eagle living at the World Bird Sanctuary in Valley Park, Missouri, who had paternal cravings so strong that he actually tried to hatch a...

Nebraska Cops: 2 Men Hunted, Killed Bald Eagle

Deputies say Honduran nationals may not have realized it was illegal

(Newser) - A pair of 20-year-olds in Nebraska face hefty fines and possible prison time after authorities say they hunted and killed a bald eagle. The wrinkle in this case is that both men are Honduran nationals who speak no English, and it's possible they had no idea the bird was...

They Found the Bald Eagles Facedown in the Snow

3 have died, 10 more hurt after possible poisoning from eating euthanized animals in Minn. landfill

(Newser) - At least 13 bald eagles were likely poisoned by scavenging the carcasses of euthanized animals that were improperly dumped at a Minnesota landfill, and three of the majestic birds have died, per the AP . The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that state and federal wildlife officials are investigating after the eagles...

Avian Flu Is Killing Bald Eagles, Too

Experts worry about the effects during nesting season

(Newser) - The toll is much higher among chickens and turkeys , but the avian flu outbreak is killing bald eagles, as well. Since February, 41 dead bald eagles were found to have been infected with the virus, per the USDA. That doesn't include two others infected in New York late last...

'Sort of Stunning' Stat Is Bad News for Bald Eagles

About half suffer from lead poisoning, according to a new study

(Newser) - A new study in Science has a stat that doesn't bode well for bald eagles—and is even worse for golden eagles: "Almost half of all animals sampled had chronic, toxic levels of lead." Researchers tested more than 1,200 live and dead eagles from across the...

Man Gets 30 Days for Possessing Eagle Feather

Prosecutors say Louisiana man admitted killing bald eagle

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Louisiana man has been sentenced to 30 days in prison and a year on supervised release for possessing a bald eagle feather, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Daniel Glenn Smith of Homer was sentenced Tuesday in Shreveport for violating a law that says only federally recognized Native American tribes...

Scientists Unravel Mystery Ailment of Bald Eagles
Scientists Unravel Mystery
Ailment of Bald Eagles

Scientists Unravel Mystery Ailment of Bald Eagles

New study attributes deaths to toxin triggered by bromide

(Newser) - For the last 25 years, a mysterious ailment has been killing bald eagles in the US and leaving them with holes in their brains. Researchers identified vacuolar myelinopathy (VM), a deadly condition that brings on paralysis, blindness, and seizures in bald eagles and their prey, including fish, turtles, snakes, and...

US Bald Eagle Population Quadrupled in a Decade
Very Good News
for America's Symbol

Very Good News for America's Symbol

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland touts the 'importance of the Endangered Species Act'

(Newser) - The number of American bald eagles has quadrupled since 2009, with more than 300,000 birds soaring over the lower 48 states, government scientists said in a report Wednesday, according to the AP . The US Fish and Wildlife Service said bald eagles, the national symbol that once teetered on the...

Bald Eagle, 1. Drone, 0
Bald Eagle, 1.
Drone, 0

Bald Eagle, 1. Drone, 0

Bird sends government device into Lake Michigan

(Newser) - A bald eagle in Michigan made it very clear he's not happy about government drones in its territory. The eagle attacked a $950 drone being used to map shoreline erosion on Lake Michigan and sent it to the bottom of the very lake it was studying, reports MLive . The...

In Massachusetts, a 'Really Exciting' Bald Eagle Nest

It's the first active nest in Cape Cod in more than a century

(Newser) - For the first time in 115 years, a bald eagle nest with eggs has been spotted on Cape Cod. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife has reported a "dramatic uptick" in active bald eagle nests this spring, with more than 70 seen across the state, reports CNN . Nine...

Injured Bald Eagle Ends Up in Risky Spot

California troopers rescue bird from highway

(Newser) - It's not your typical interstate sight: a bald eagle, walking in the road and blocking traffic. Alarmed drivers on California's Interstate 5 called it in to the California Highway Patrol in Redding, and troopers rescued the bird Wednesday, reports Fox News . When they first arrived, troopers had to...

Hunters Are Unintentionally Killing Bald Eagles

It's because of the lead bullets they use

(Newser) - America's bald eagles aren't being shot, but bullets are killing them. It's an unintentional side effect of hunters going after deer and other animals with lead bullets, striking the creature, but then losing sight of it as it runs away. Bald eagles who consume the carcass end...

Octopus Filmed Trying to Drown Bald Eagle

Both animals survive thanks to BC fish farmers

(Newser) - It was bald eagle vs. octopus in what was likely to be a battle to the death. Then a group of Canadians intervened. The salmon farmers were on the water near Quatsino, BC, at the northwest tip of Vancouver Island on Monday when they heard "a lot of splashing...

Maryland Can't Figure Out Who Is Killing Bald Eagles

Wildlife officials think someone is killing them by accident

(Newser) - Wildlife authorities in Maryland are trying to stop the person who is killing bald eagles—unintentionally. So far this year, seven bald eagles and a great horned owl have been killed along the Eastern Shore by poison, and others were sickened, reports CNN . Sound familiar? Something similar happened in 2016...

Bald Eagles' Nest Has an Unusual Combination

2 males and a female are raising 3 eaglets together

(Newser) - Tune into the live webcam of a bald eagles' nest in Illinois, and you may see a rare sight: two dads and one mom tending three eaglets, reports the Washington Post . The webcam is courtesy of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge, and a post at Audubon explains just...

Maryland's Bald Eagle Die-Off Finally Explained

The 13 birds ingested a banned pesticide

(Newser) - Thirteen bald eagles found dead on farmland in Maryland's Eastern Shore in the state's largest die-off of the birds in 30 years died from ingesting a banned pesticide, wildlife officials say. The carcasses of the eagles, mostly immature, were discovered in Federalsburg in February 2016 with no outward...

Bald Eagle Lands on Canadian Pitcher Before MLB Game

'Figured I'm not going to outrun an eagle'

(Newser) - The patriotic pregame show ahead of the Minnesota Twins' home opener went awry when a bald eagle failed to cooperate. The bird, there for a ceremonial flight during the national anthem, landed on Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton instead of its handler, the AP reports. Paxton—a Canadian—was...

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