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.

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

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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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