STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A bald eagle found injured alongside a Colorado road had to be euthanized.
The Steamboat Today reports that the eagle was found on Thursday in Routt County.
Officials originally thought the bird was hit by a car, but X-rays revealed it was shot.
One of the eagle's legs was nearly severed and it had bullet fragments in its body. Officials decided the most humane thing to do was put the bird down.
Parks and Wildlife Officer Justin Pollock is investigating the incident.
An anonymous Steamboat resident has also donated $5,000 to Born Free Wildlife Rehabilitation, which cared for the eagle, in hopes that the money will help find who shot the bird.
The eagle will be sent to a lab to collect evidence.