Authorities seek public's help after bald eagle shot, killed in Iowa

Posted at 1:56 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 14:57:34-05

ANKENY, Iowa (KMTV) — Authorities are seeking the public's help after a bald eagle was shot and killed in Ankeny, Iowa.

Authorities say they were alerted about a mature Bald Eagle that was not acting normal and sitting on the ground near Northeast Trilein Drive and East 1st Street.

A wildlife rehabber was able to capture the eagle but noted blood coming from its mouth. The eagle died from the injuries a few hours later.

X-rays found a lead shot BB in the eagle's lungs.

Anyone with information can call the TIP Hotline at 1-800-532-2020 or complete the confidential online TIP form at

A TIP reward is available for any information leading to the arrest of poaching the eagle.

Bald eagles are protected by federal law, with fines of over $20,000 for harassing, killing or wounding an eagle. If you find a dead or injured eagle, call a local DNR Conservation Officer or any DNR staff.