Today one of my neighbours phoned me to tell me that another of our neighbours had been for a walk out across the flats at the Chehalis Estuary this morning and had come across the body of a dead Juvenile Bald Eagle. The bird had been shot and was laying there in the midst of a bunch of shot gun shells.
I have contacted the head of the Fraser Valley Bald Eaglefestival as I figured he would know where this should be reported.
I haven't seen this for myself as I'm leery of walking out there on my own but if I get a chance to get out there I will take some photos of this disturbing report. We of course hear shooting out there during duck hunting season and I remember hearing shooting out there after duck hunting was supposed to be over, but whether there is any connection I don't know.
Call it in to the Conservation Officer Service so a file can be created. They will probably want to collect the bird for analysis.
This is a serious incident likely the actions of criminal element to whom rules do not seem to apply. Any shooting heard, especially outside of hunting season, should be recorded and any information gathered (your safety #1) with descriptions, vehicles etc. In my experience, anyone shooting eagles or 'hunting' unlawfully likely have criminal backgrounds and are not part of the lawful hunters who would not dream of doing such a deed. Take care.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)