MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two teenagers shot a bald eagle near Montezuma, injuring the bird so severely that it died.
Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel told The Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/M0KTD8 ) deputies were called Wednesday afternoon to property near Montezuma, about 50 miles east of Des Moines.
Kriegel says the bird was shot once, injuring its wing and knocking it from a tree. It was shot again on the ground.
A property owner gave deputies a description of a car at the site, and deputies soon stopped the vehicle.
Authorities believe two 15-year-olds shot the bird but they haven't been charged yet.
Officials don't know a motive for the shooting.
Shooting an eagle is a federal offense.
The bird was taken to a veterinarian but its injuries were too severe.
Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com