Alleged killer of beloved Pennsylvania bald eagle turns self in — as ‘devastated’ residents demand answers
A Pennsylvania poacher who allegedly killed a Pittsburgh suburb’s beloved bald eagle later turned themselves in — but locals are fuming at the lack of information on the suspect from authorities.
Police in Mount Pleasant Township, about 40 miles southwest of the Steel City, released a surveillance image showing a white SUV near where neighbors found the slain bird near the Cherry Valley Dam.
The incident reportedly happened in May, according to local media outlets.
The eagle was one of two that had been in the area for roughly two decades, concerned Cherry Valley Lakeview Estates resident Linda Carnevali told Fox News Saturday.
They were almost always together, except when they were protecting their newly hatched eaglets, when one would always remain with the nest, she added.
They recently hatched two eaglets before one of the beloved birds was killed.
“So you always knew when you only saw one of them that there were some babies around,” Carnevali said.
Within days of the poaching, the Pennsylvania Game Commission said that tips had led investigators to the suspect, who “admitted to all aspects of the crime.”
The suspect’s name has yet to be publicly released, and residents say they don’t even know if the killer has been charged.
“Everybody in the community has a pair of binoculars on the window sill in their kitchen, and we’re all very protective of all of our wildlife in our lake,” Carnevali said.
“We’re devastated that this would happen, and we don’t understand why somebody would do this — and … we don’t understand why this is so secretive.”
A spokesperson for the Game Commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Bald eagle populations are recovering nationwide – decades after being placed on the endangered species list.