CHARGES PENDING: Teens Kill American Bald Eagle

Two teens are expected to face charges after police say they intentionally shot and killed an American bald eagle.

Police say the two 15-year-olds shot an eagle while it was perched in a tree on farmland near Montezuma.

After the bird was shot, authorities believe it fell from the tree and was shot again in the back where it was left paralyzed and suffering.

“There was a second shot that went through the back, came out through the back, went through the lungs where it hit here in the sternum then lodged in the thoracic area,” says Dr. K.C. Cornish, a veterinarian at All Pets Veterinary Hospital in Grinnell.

A farmer heard the shot and gave police a description of the teens car. Police caught them a little while later. We are not releasing their names because they have not yet been charged, but charges are expected.

Killing an eagle is a federal crime punishable by up to two years in prison or a $250,000 fine.