MILTON, Fla. (AP) - State and federal wildlife officials are investigating after four bald eagles were found at a Florida Panhandle landfill.
Two of the birds died. The other two have recovered and been released.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is examining the bird carcasses and testing blood samples from the surviving birds.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Regional Commander Bruce Cooper tells the Northwest Florida Daily News that it's not clear that anyone intentionally harmed the eagles.
The birds were found by workers at a Santa Rosa County landfill near Milton. Bald eagles will eat carrion and are known to forage at landfill sites.
The bald eagle is no longer listed as an endangered species, but it is still protected by state and federal rules.
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