West Virginia NRP Says Bald Eagle Died Of Pesticide Poisoning

POCAHONTAS COUNTY (WOAY) – West Virginia Naural Resources Police release information on what caused a bald eagle to die.

In August 2017, the West Virginia Natural Resources Police received information from a concerned citizen who discovered a dead Bald Eagle in Pocahontas County.

During the investigation, the WV NRP partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to have the eagle forensically examined by a lab to determine cause of death.

The National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory results indicated that the eagle had died from pesticide poisoning after ingesting some hair and meat from a contaminated pig.

Investigators surmised that a pig carcass or parts thereof had likely been disposed of nearby, possibly in the county’s landfill, which then attracted the eagle to an easy meal.

Officials request that any livestock treated with pesticides or euthanized be disposed of properly.

In addition, please notify the landfill of any livestock or livestock parts being disposed of so that it may be immediately buried.

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