Bald eagle shot and killed in Pennsylvania, officials search for gunman

Photo credit: Pennsylvania Game Commission

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is asking for the public's help finding the gunman who shot and killed a bald eagle. 

According to the commission's Facebook post, the dead bald eagle was found Thursday night near Hope Cemetery, Elk Creek Township, Erie County. The location is near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.

A state game warden investigating the incident determined that the eagle had been shot.

Many people commenting on the photo say they are broken-hearted over the horrific killing.

     "Breaks my heart," wrote Priscilla Parker. "When I lived up in that area 15 years ago, I always felt so privileged and honored when ever I was given the opportunity by Mother Nature to see one."​​

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Elizabeth Hoffman wrote: "Very disturbing, what kind of person could be so cruel? I hope they find information pointing to the ones responsible." 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Game Commission's Northwest Region Office at 814-432-3187 or the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-888-PGC-8001.

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