MILPITAS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a bald eagle found dead last month in Silicon Valley was electrocuted by a power line.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife says Monday that no bullet fragments were found in the eagle’s body, indicating it wasn’t the victim of a poacher as feared.READ MORE: Family Asks For Potential Witnesses To Come Forward Following Deadly Stockton Hit-And-Run
Instead, an examination concluded that the juvenile bird, which wasn’t fully developed, flew into a high voltage line in Milpitas. It was found July 13 underneath some lines.READ MORE: Thousands Of Afghan Refugees Flee Kabul, Hundreds Land In Sacramento
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Authorities say the bird was one of two born earlier this year to an eagle pair that settled in Milpitas two years ago and had built a nest in trees near an elementary school. The eaglets only began learning to fly in July.