BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. — Multiple charges have been filed for two people after officials found a dead bald eagle in a Bulloch County home.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resource's Facebook page, last week, RFC Jason Miller received a call that someone was in possession of the dead bird and had been mounting it.
Miller, Sgt. Brian Hobbins and a detective from the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office went to the residence and interviewed two suspects who were also in possession of an illegally taken wood duck and two illegally taken deer from earlier in the year.
Multiple charges were filed against the suspects, and the cause of the eagle's death is still under investigation, which could lead to additional charges.
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Possible weapons violations are also being looked into by the Sheriff's Office.
The eagle and duck were both seized as evidence and can be donated to an educational institution once the case has been settled.
"Most people realize that eagles are protected by state and federal law but all other non-game migratory birds, which included all common songbirds, are protected as well by the Migratory Bird Act," Georgia DNR wrote in its post.
Authorities released of photo of the bald eagle, but due to its graphic nature, Channel 2 Action News chose to not show it.
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