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Updated: 7:38 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 | Posted: 11:05 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013
By Matt Augustine
St. Johns County, FL —
A protected bald eagle found riddled with shotgun pellets has died at a St. Johns county animap hospital after it was found earlier this month.The eagle was an adult male. According to the veterinarian who cared for the eagle, he was very depressed and weak, which could have been sign of lead toxicity. Our partner Action News reports X-rays done by a local veterinarian show bullet fragments in the eagle's body.The bald eagle was spotted on the side of the road near Hargrove Grade and Hargrove Road in Palm Coast on Tuesday, Sept. 3.The bird was transported to St. Johns Emergency Center the next day, then transferred to St. Johns Veterinary Hospital. Shooting or harming a bald eagle is a federal offense, punishable by jail time.
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