FEDERALSBURG, MD - It was a very bad day for the eagles.
Not the Philadelphia Eagles, but these eagles... as in our national bird. Bob Edgell, a farmer in Maryland, found a cluster of dead bald eagles on his property. "Looking down the edge of the woods, it looked like two others might have been there...close together," Edgell said.
In all, 13 dead eagles were found, and now the Feds have swooped in to find out what happened.
"It's the largest number of dead birds found in one location on a single day that I know of," former Maryland bald eagle biologist Glenn Therres remarked.
Federal officials believe the birds were poisoned, but they don't know if it was intentional or by accident. But Edgell says he has no poison on his property. "No need to have anything like that and certainly no DDT, which has been banned for years," Edgell insisted.
So the mystery remains unsolved. And though bald eagles are off the endangered species list, the American eagle is protected under federal law.
Wildlife groups are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to a conviction in the case. And now a U.S. Fish and Wildlife lab in Oregon is testing the birds to determine how they died.
Just last month, thousands of dead seabirds washed ashore in Alaska prompting some officials to blame that incident on global warming.
Of course, strange happenings like this can make some people start talking about the Apocalypse. But no need for panic.
While the eagle mystery may have officials baffled, they hope to solve this fowl case quickly.