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Someone is killing Bald Eagles

In February 2016, 13 bald eagles died in Federalsburg, MD. Necropsy reports show the cause of death of the birds was carbofuran poisoning. The Eagles had been poisoned after eating a raccoon that had ingested the banned pesticide. A year later, a resident of Easton, MD discovered a field filled with five dead and dying bald eagles and the poisoned fox they had dined on. Again necropsy reports showed the animals had been killed with carbofuran. In April 2018 another three birds were found in distress near the carcass of a red fox. Two of the three birds survived and the veterinarian who treated them believed the birds had been poisoned by carbofuran. In 2019, seven bald eagles have turned up dead.

In total, 35 birds have been found dead on the eastern shore by suspected carbofuran poisoning. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Maryland Natural Resources Police are asking for help with the case. It is suspected that someone is baiting fox with carbofuran, killing bald eagles, great horned owls, foxes and raccoons in the process. The USFWS is offering a $10,000 reward for information that furthers the investigation.

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