Bald eagle shot in Texas has wing amputated

January 29, 2010 11:54:00 AM PST
Veterinarians at Texas A&M amputated a wing from a bald eagle that had been found shot. The Bryan-College Station Eagle on Friday reported the bird has been taken to Bellville Lonestar Wildlife Rescue. A spokesperson did not immediately return a call Friday from The Associated Press.

Charlie Rohawk with the Eyes of Texas Wildlife Rescue in Bryan says the male bird was found in a pasture near Lake Livingston. Rohawk tended the wound, then took the bird to A&M.

She says ammunition fragments from the eagle were sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Houston, in an effort to locate the shooter.

Bald eagles are no longer listed as endangered, but they are protected and fines up to $250,000 apply for killing the majestic birds, which are the nation's official symbol.