Bald eagle recovering after being shot by shotgun

ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) – A bald eagle is recovering from surgery at the Cape Fear Raptor Center after someone shot it with a 12-gauge shotgun last week.

The eagle was shot in five different locations and has several open fractures.

The bird is one of several bald eagles recovering there.

Doctors say the bird was likely shot over a week ago in Bertie County.

They operated on it for five hours last night.

The bird is standing today but doctors have it in isolation right now.

Who shot the eagle or why is unknown.

“A lot of people will point fingers and say it was a hunter, not necessarily,” Dr. Joni Seymour, Executive Director and Veterinarian at Cape Fear Raptor Center, said. “It’s someone, whether it’s a hunter or a citizen that’s not being smart in what they’re doing. Whether they are just shooting things for fun or really truly trying to take down an eagle.”

The eagle will begin an 8 week recovery process.

Dr. Joni Seymour says it’s unlikely the bird will be released back into the wild.

If you know what might have happened to the bird or have any information on the shooting of any protected birds, you are asked to contact the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service by clicking here.

If you’d like to help the eagle with funding for its recovery, visit the Cape Fear Raptor Center website by clicking here.

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