Bald eagle dies after being shot

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The bald eagle was found with a gunshot around State Road 206 in St.Johns County and rescued by HAWKE.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A protected bald eagle has died at a St. Johns County animal hospital after wildlife officials found it wounded from a gunshot earlier this month.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that the male eagle was found by the side of a Palm Coast road Sept. 4.

St. Johns Veterinary Hospital officials told the St. Augustine Record the eagle had been hit by 15 shotgun pellets.

Staff at the hospital had been administering intravenous fluids, antibiotics and pain medication.

The St. Johns County-based wildlife rescue organization HAWKE was involved in the rescue, but didn't have funds to rehabilitate the bird. The eagle was going to be released to the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland for therapy later this week, but it died Wednesday.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the FWC's alert hotline at 888-404-3922.

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