Wildlife officials are investigating the suspicious death of two bald eagles found dead north of Bozeman.

The eagles had been nesting in a tree north of I-90 between N. 19th Avenue and N. 7th Avenue for the past few years.

We spoke with a representative at the Montana Raptor Conservation Center, and confirmed the story. Two adult eagles were found dead at the base of the tree in which they were nesting. Two eaglets found in the nest were taken to the Montana Raptor Conservation Center.

Sergeant Matt Wemple of Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks told us that there is no evidence of gun shots of bullet fragments. As of right now, the cause of death is still unknown.

Felony convictions for killing a Bald Eagle carry a maximum fine of $250,000 or two years of imprisonment.

The incident is still under investigation and more information will be added as it becomes available.

Anyone with information on this or any other wildlife crime is asked to call 1-800-TIP-MONT (847-6668). Informants can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a monetary reward.


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