By: Don Shaw email: don.shaw@pennsylvaniachronicle.com (570) 543-2961

Game Commission looking for information related to Wayne County bald eagle deaths

Game Commission looking for information related to Wayne County bald eagle deaths

Harrisburg, PA

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is looking for information related to the deaths of three bald eagles that were discovered in the same general area of Wayne County. Authorities say each of the eagles were found in the vicinity of the Texas-Palmyra Highway and State Route 652, near Honesdale, in Texas Township.

The first eagle, discovered on February 28, 2020, was alive but in poor condition and did not survive. The second bird was found dead on March 16 and the third was found dead on April 4, 2020. The three eagles were found within .3 miles of each other and were reported by separate individuals.

Necropsies of the eagles showed no signs of trauma according to officials. However, toxicological screenings performed on two of the eagles revealed traces of a controlled drug commonly used to euthanize domestic animals and livestock. The Game Commission is working in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct the investigation.

Anyone with information related to these incidents is asked to call the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Northeast Region Office at 570-675-1143.