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Bald eagle found shot near the Reservoir

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) - On Sunday, a man hunting at the Three Prong Hunting Club, in Sand Hill, found two bald eagles sitting on the ground.

They didn't, or maybe couldn't fly away. 

That man called other members of the club to see what should be done.

The club is located in Rankin County, near the Barnett Reservoir. 

The men called local authorities, including the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and a local animal rehab group to get some help.

While trying to help the eagle with blood on its head, the other managed to fly away. 

The eagle was rushed to North Jackson Animal Hospital where it's being treated by Dr. Adrian Whittington and his staff.

"No one should be shooting an eagle under any circumstances," said Whittington. "I can't think of a reason why you would shoot a bird like that." 

Dr. Whittington says X-rays of the bird revealed several shotgun pellets lodged in his skin, but it's not known if those injuries are new or are old. What is certain is the bird refuses to fly.

Doctors have begun giving the bird medicine, and food, and plan to begin the rehabilitation process.

"Get him eating first, then once we feel comfortable with that we'll start flight conditioning," said Dr. Whittington. "That's where we get this bird in a position where he can fly 20 feet.  Then once were sure of that, at that point and time we'll consider releasing the bird." 

Dr. Whittington also suspects the bird's head may have been covered in blood, from food it had been eating, not from it's own injuries.

Federal authorities have also been contacted about the incident.

If you have any information that can help, please contact the Mississippi Department of Wildlife.

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