Bald eagle found shot dead east of Milton Reservoir in Weld County

A state agency is seeking more information about a bald eagle that was found shot dead on May 10 about a mile east of Milton Reservoir in Weld County.

A landowner reported seeing a bald eagle perched on the ground in his pasture south of his residence near the reservoir on May 9, according to a news release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The next morning, the landowner found the eagle dead in the same location.

Bald eagles are protected federally under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, as well as state statute.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers retrieved the eagle and submitted it to the health lab for analysis, according to the news release. A necropsy conducted on May 15 found that the eagle had suffered a gunshot wound across the lower abdomen.

The agency doesn‘t believe the gunshot wound immediately caused the death, but internal hemorrhages along with severe tissue damage likely caused the death within 24 to 48 hours of the bird being shot.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking members of the public who may have information about the incident to its Fort Collins service center at.