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Bullet Fragments Found Inside Dead Eagles Along Eastern Shore - NBC12.Com - Richmond, VA News

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- 1922 days ago -
Investigators are getting a better idea of what might have killed four bald eagles in Virginia. One of the wildlife center's interns found metal fragments inside the birds from brand new x-ray images.

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Phyllis P (237)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:13 pm
Wildlife officials won't release the official cause of death just yet, but they say the eagles may have died from eating bullet fragments which may have contributed to lead poisoning.

Nicole W (646)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:17 pm
sadly noted, thank you Phyllis

Christeen A (371)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:30 pm
Very, very sad.

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:30 pm

People can not shoot them, but they die from bullet fragments? Some times ya just can't win.

Danuta W (1250)
Friday March 15, 2013, 4:36 am

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday March 15, 2013, 4:50 am
Very sad,thanks Phyllis.

Carmen S (611)
Friday March 15, 2013, 5:57 am
this is so sad, thanks Phyllis for sharing this

Mike H (252)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 1:02 am
What a waste

Gloria p (304)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 6:23 am
I love birds of prey. RIP eagles.

Jaime Alves (52)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 6:32 am
Sadly noted, thank you.!!

paul m (93)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 6:40 am

So, stupid,, What a waste of beautiful birds...

Sandi C (98)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 7:58 am
noted with sadness.

Kay M (347)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 9:13 am
sadly noted.

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 9:31 am

Suzanne L (99)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 6:44 pm
Terrible waste. Unfortunately there are many birds that suffer this fate.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 7:01 pm

Constance F (418)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 12:51 am
They suspect it's from LEAD POISONING ! Lead that has been banned in paint, gasoline but not Bullets because the freaking NRA lobbies the legislatures to keep this toxic filth in bullets. This is enraging ! Plenty of wildlife organizations have been trying to get lead of out of ammunition. These deaths were preventable ! This is what is happening to wildlife because lead is in ammo, and also the fact that LEAD from ammo can poison the environment and YOUR water ways. I am not SAD - I am enraged. Don't be SAD - GET MAD !

Constance F (418)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 1:00 am
These are endangered species - bald eagles - a protected species. I am so upset. I feel nuts. No, you can't just shoot them, but 4 have died from possible lead poisoning.

. (0)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:34 am
Very sad.

Tanya W (65)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 6:48 am
Just not good enough!!!

Ilona a (51)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:20 am
signed, thanks

Alice C (1797)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:37 am
Thank you for this post.

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:40 am
Poor birds...stupid humans.

Dee C (229)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 10:23 am
Thanks Phyllis..This effects millions of bird each year..

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Sadly noted..

Dee C (229)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 10:25 am

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Sunday March 17, 2013, 8:06 pm
So sad as these are endangered! Thanks Phyllis.

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Monday March 18, 2013, 12:11 am

Connie O (44)
Monday March 18, 2013, 11:22 am
sadly noted :(

lee e (114)
Monday March 18, 2013, 9:33 pm
This is the way "gun owners " play with their weapons! Attrocious!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:07 pm
I would think possibly eating a water foul or something like that which had been shot. Never really seen an Eagle pick up metal and eat it! But to have 4 of them die like this seems quite odd!

Lee..I don't think it has anything to do with gun owners playing with their weapons..think about long have we had Eagles and how long have we had guns with the same type of lead in them and all of the sudden NOW something like this happens!? Something is not right here! I don't buy it!

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Monday March 18, 2013, 10:09 pm
Now if somebody shot the Eagles..that is a different story all together! I have another suspicion but I won't say what it is because some people might go ballistic over anyone even thinking it. Thanks Phyllis!!

Beth M (138)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 1:23 pm
Humans disgust me in so many ways.

Nancy C (806)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 4:26 pm
I read that in their feeding on deer that have been shot, they ingest bullet fragments. But I'm with you Constance and Carol. This is maddening and may not be the whole story. RIP great ones. They really need to procreate.

MmAway M (506)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 3:25 am
Either Shot or eating buck shot from other animals still the SAME to me, MANKIND gun crazy! Condors, Eagles...

Ela V (85)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:59 am
so sad...

Sara P (54)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 9:46 am
I agree with the comment of Beth M. Shared with my contacts, thanks a lot Phyllis :)

naomi cohen (55)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 10:02 am
all birds are magnificent. to shoot such a regal symbol, the eagle, is a crime. this is maddening and a horrific act of violence. signed. thank you, sara. thank you, phyllis.

Philip Heinlein (474)
Friday March 22, 2013, 3:04 pm
Get the lead out... lead poisoning is a huge problem.
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