Bald Eagle killed in Maryland, presumably by Anti-American hunter

(Flickr/Pen Waggener)

The Bald Eagle is a proud, fierce, and majestic species that, as our national bird and symbol, brings out a little patriotism in us all — all of us, that is, except whoever shot one in the chest in Western Maryland.

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The bird was found Friday along the banks of Evitts Creek, just west of Rocky Gap State Park in Allegany County, near the Pennsylvania line, the Sun reports. While the eagle is no longer on the federal endangered species list, it is still protected by the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act; killing one can carry a penalty of $100,000, and the wrath of every patriot in the nation.

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