HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. — Maryland Natural Resources Police are looking for the person who shot a bald eagle on Independence Day. The bird had to be euthanized.

Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson said in a phone interview Friday that the injured bird was found Tuesday afternoon in Harford County. Thomson says an officer went to the scene, gathered the bird up in a blanket and put the eagle in his air-conditioned vehicle

The eagle was taken to a wildlife center, where it was determined the raptor had been shot. Thomson says the bird was euthanized.

The bald eagle is the national bird symbol of the United States. While no longer endangered, the bird is still protected.

Thomson says Maryland and federal laws prohibit shooting bald eagles. She says Natural Resources Police are investigating.

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This story has been corrected to show that an officer went to the scene of the injured eagle and helped care for it.

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