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Leads Sought After Bald Eagle Killed In Clinton County

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DeWITT TWP. (WWJ/AP) - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is trying to catch the poacher who shot and killed a bald eagle in a rural area north of Lansing.

The DNR says the shooting of the federally protected raptor happened Saturday in Clinton County, near Highland Hills Golf Club in DeWitt Township.

Officials say a citizen retrieved the eagle and brought it to Sleepy Hollow State Park to turn it over to the DNR.

DNR Lt. Sherry Chandler said she is asking people with possible information on the illegal killing to call the DNR Report All Poaching hotline at 1-800-292-7800.

Bald eagles first received federal protection in 1940 and state protection 1954.

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