SALEM, Ore. — Police say three bald eagles have been found shot to death near Albany, Oregon.

The Statesman Journal reports that the birds were discovered March 16 by an Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division trooper. Gunshot wounds were found on each bird.

An examination and X-ray by a veterinarian revealed evidence of dense metal in each of the eagles.

Bald eagles are federally protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Oregon State Police officials said the eagles were most likely killed shortly before the day they were found. No suspects have been identified.


Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com