GRANT TOWNSHIP (AP) – Authorities are investigating the death of a bald eagle in western Michigan’s Mecosta County.

The Department of Natural Resources says the eagle was discovered in a tree in Grant Township on March 1. The bird was the victim of a traumatic injury.

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A necropsy and lab tests at Michigan State University could help determine the eagle’s cause of death.

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Lt. John Jurich of the DNR’s law enforcement division says it’s important that violators are held responsible for killing a “majestic, protected species.” He says tips from the public could help the investigation.

Anyone with information can call (800) 292-7800.

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