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Wildlife officers were baffled two years ago when a bald eagle was found poisoned and dying at a Florida landfill.
Tests revealed the bird, which is protected under federal law, had been poisoned with phenobarbital, a drug commonly used by veterinarians to euthanize animals.
Two more bald eagles were found near death Feb. 2 at the Baseline Landfill in Marion County, where animal welfare officers said the birds are eating dead animals, reported the Ocala Post.
The Animis Foundation, a nonprofit animal rescue sanctuary, believes the Marion County Animal Shelter, which is located next to the landfill, has been dumping euthanized animals instead of cremating them – and the eagles are ingesting the poison.
The state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission turned over its handling of the investigation Thursday, when it first learned over the situation, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since the bald eagle is federally protected.
Florida law requires the remains of domestic animals to be disposed at least two feet below the surface of the ground and above the water table.
originally posted by: SpongeBeard
a reply to: Anyafaj
I bet the shelter owners are just as baffled as we are. Stuff like this is usually the result of one or two rogue or lazy employees.