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Bald eagle found shot twice in Ala.

Courtesy: Alabama Wildlife Center Courtesy: Alabama Wildlife Center
Courtesy: Alabama Wildlife Center Courtesy: Alabama Wildlife Center
AUBURN, AL (WSFA) -

The Alabama Wildlife Center says a wounded bald eagle is being nursed back to health after it was found to have been shot.

The female bird was transported to Auburn University, home of the Southeastern Raptor Center, where professionals are caring for it.

Investigators say the wounded bird was found in the Northport area of Tuscaloosa County. Tests showed the bird had a fractured wing with a pellet lodged at the fracture point. A second pellet was found near the animal's skull.

The bird's wounds had started to heal on their own, and authorities say the gunshot wounds do not appear to be recent.

No information was immediately available on who might have shot the bird.

The eagle will remain at the Auburn facility for approximately three to six months. She's expected to make a full recovery at which point she'll be released back into the wild.

Bald eagles are a protected species under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940, as well as other state laws and regulations.

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