Authorities investigate shooting of Bald Eagle in Sullivan County


DEC. Off. Tom Koepf
with the Bald Eagle

COCHECTON – The state Department of Environmental Conservation
is investigating the shooting of a Bald Eagle in Cochecton, which is federal

A resident reported a Bald Eagle near his home along the Delaware River
on April 11. When a DEC officer arrived at the scene, he found the bird
near a set of railroad tracks. It was suffering from a severely broken
right wing.

The officer captured it and brought it to licensed wildlife rehabilitator
Missy Runyan, who took the two-year-old female to a veterinarian where
it was determined to have been shot. Dozens of lead fragments were observed
around the broken bones in the wing.

The bird was placed in Runyan’s care and was expected to survive.

Anyone with information that may help the DEC identify those involved
in the shooting is asked to call the Region 3 Law Enforcement office at


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