Teen Facing Charge After Killing Bald Eagle With High-powered Pellet Rifle in Houston Neighborhood

A 17-year-old who admitted to fatally shooting an American bald eagle with a high-powered pellet rifle in a Houston neighborhood has been charged. Orlando David Delgado told police that the bird survived his initial shot, so he fired at it several other times, according to KPRC-TV. A nearby resident heard a popping noise and approached Delgado and two other men standing beneath the tree where an American bald eagle had nested for years.The neighbor said that he saw that one of the men was armed with a rifle, spotted the body of the slain bald eagle and called 911. The bald eagle, the national emblem, is protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act even though it has been delisted under the Endangered Species Act.  Continue reading...

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