Maryland police are investigating the shooting of two bald eagles in Montgomery County this week.
On Christmas, one of the eagles was found shot with a rifle in a field in the area of Georgia Avenue and Bordley Road in Brookville, according to the Maryland Natural Resources Police.
The eagle had been feeding on a deer carcass when it was shot, police said.
On Saturday, officials found an eagle suffering from gun shot wounds near a home in Deakins Lane in Darnestown. An X-ray showed that it had been shot by bird shot. The bird later died of its injuries.
Investigators believe the shootings are unrelated. Anyone with information should call officials at (410) 260-8888.
Bald eagles are no longer protected as an endangered species, but it is illegal to shoot eagles without a permit from the U.S. Department of the Interior.
If convicted, the maximum fine is of $5,000 and up to one year in prison.