Investigators working to discover who’s responsible for shooting, killing Bald Eagles

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Investigators say several Bald Eagles around the metro region have recently been killed by gunfire. Conservation and wildlife officials are begging that the federal crime stop, and point out that it carries a hefty fine and jail time if convicted.

Authorities tell FOX 4 that since January, someone has shot and killed three Bald Eagles in Missouri and one in Kansas. The unthinkable crime tugs at the hearts of many at the Lakeside Nature Center in Kansas City."

"There is no reason to shoot a bird of prey," Kimberly Hess said.

Investigators say in the Kansas case a Bald Eagle was shot to death near a lake. On March 8 one was shot in its wing near Peculiar, Mo. A conservation agent rushed the injured bird to Lakeside Nature Center. Sadly, Hess and her team had to euthanize the eagle.

"It’s sad; every animal that comes in we give a 100 percent. When we saw the bird, immediately we knew the wing was beyond repair,” Hess said.

Hess says if an eagle killer is ever arrested and federally indicted, he or she could face a maximum of two years in prison and a quarter of a million dollars fine.