Two Bald Eagles Shot in Maryland Over Christmas Holidays

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Photo by Tawker via Wikimedia
Photo by Tawker via Wikimedia

Everyone has different traditions during the Christmas holidays. Some people bake, others decorate, and others shoot threatened species. Wait, what?

Yes, it’s true — horrible and sad and true, in fact. According to Maryland Natural Resources Police, two majestic bald eagles were shot in Montgomery County, one on Christmas Day and one a few days later. (Okay, they didn’t actually specify that the eagles were majestic–but I think we can all agree that they probably were.)

The good news is that the bald eagles has been making a comeback in recent years, and was moved off the Maryland endangered species list in 2010. Still, you probably shouldn’t just go around shooting our national symbol just because you feel like it. Oh, and to legally shoot a bald eagle, you need a permit from the U.S. Department of the Interior; if you don’t have one, you face a fine of up to $5,000 and a year in prison.

So don’t shoot bald eagles, okay?



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