By Randy Mitchell
NOBLE — The bald eagle rescued near Ada after being shot has died.
The bird was rescued just east of Ada in early April.
Wildcare Foundation Directors Rondi Large and O.T. Sanders were able to get a net over the eagle and captured it without harm.
At the time, Large suspected the eagle might have had broken a wing, but X-rays later revealed the bird had a .22 caliber bullet lodged in its chest.
The bird showed signs of recovery over the following weeks, but eventually succumbed to lead poisoning.
Wildcare Foundation is based in Noble and rehabilitates injured wild animals.
For more information on Wildcare Foundation, visit www.wildcareoklahoma.org.
The bald eagle was once an endangered species but now has a stable population and has been officially removed from the U.S. federal government’s list of endangered species.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, even though the bird was removed from the endangered list, it continues to be protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and harming one can bring a maximum fine of $5,000 or one year imprisonment for a first conviction.
Rewards are provided for information leading to arrest and conviction for violation of the Act.