EASTERN SHORE, Va. (WAVY) - Four dead bald eagles and one living eagle were found on the Eastern Shore last weekend, and one had metal fragments in its system.
According to a news release from the Wildlife Center of Virginia, a volunteer brought the five eagles in from a rescue site. The incident is being investigated by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Law Enforcement.
The living eagle is likely male, according to the center. Veterinarians found an elevated level of lead in his blood and multiple metal fragments were found in the digestive tract.
Tuesday, x-rays were taken of the eagle and officials noted all of the metal has moved through the eagle's system. The eagle remains bright and alert at this time.
According to Ruth Boettcher with Game and Inland Fisheries, three dead eagles and two living eagles were found in Northampton County. The two living eagles were kept overnight, and one died. That was when the remaining eagle was taken to the Wildlife Center.
Officials are unsure what caused the eagles to die. Boettcher told WAVY.com bald eagles feed on dead things, including carcasses from an open pit where local hunters place remains after hunting. The eagles may have fed on the carcasses that contained bullets.
Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.
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