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Bald eagle found dead in Mecosta County

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State wildlife officials are asking for the public's help into the death of  a bald eagle in Mecosta County.

The eagle was found early this month, already dead and lodged in a tree in Grant Township in northern Mecosta county.

Officials said a necropsy found that the eagle had been shot..

Lt. John Jurcich is the district law supervisor for the DNR in Cadillac.

“Over the course of the last couple weeks the community has greatly expressed an interest in helping us solve this, local reward systems and advertising, and we are starting to receive some information that our officers are working on. Nothing solid at this point but we are continuing to gain information.”

Jurcich said natural and accidental deaths of eagles happen more frequently, but eagle shootings are uncommon.

He said anyone found guilty of shooting an eagle can face jail time, a 2500 dollar fine and loss of their firearm.

A link to the Report All Poaching hotline is here.