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13 Bald Eagles Dead at Maryland Farm Ingested Banned Pesticide

13 Bald Eagles Dead at Maryland Farm Ingested Banned Pesticide

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By    |   Friday, 22 June 2018 07:26 AM

Of 13 bald eagles found dead at a Maryland farm in February 2016, six of their deaths were confirmed due to carbofuran, an insecticide/pesticide that had been banned by the Environmental Protection Agency. The others had at least ingested the poison.

WNAV-AM radio reported the 13 bald eagles were found on and near a farm in Federalsburg. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigated the incident after the Maryland Natural Resources Police initially responded.

The New York Times reported the six-month investigation confirming the presence of the reportedly highly toxic banned pesticide was just disclosed this month, and that no arrests were ever made and investigators have closed the case.

"It definitely was a human cause," Catherine Hibbard, a wildlife service spokeswoman told the Times. "This is not a natural cause of death here. It probably wasn't intentional to kill the eagles, but there was some target for the pesticide."

According the Fish and Wildlife Service report, carbofuran was detected in the stomach and/or crop contents of all birds along with a raccoon in the area that was tested, WNAV-AM said.

In September of 2016, Neil Mendelsohn, assistant regional special agent in charge for Fish and Wildlife Service, said then that a suspect had not been identified.

"Although we conducted a very thorough investigation into the Maryland eagle poisonings, we are intending to close the case in the near future due to a lack of evidence linking anyone to the crime," he said then, according to WNAV-AM.

The EPA banned carbofuran on food crops in 2009, although a phase-out began in the 1990s following years of review. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the EPA's decision in 2011.

The Times said bald eagles were removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 2007, but they are still protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Felony convictions under the act could lead to up to two years in prison and a fine up to $250,000.

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Of 13 bald eagles found dead at a Maryland farm in February 2016, six of their deaths were confirmed due to carbofuran, an insecticide/pesticide that had been banned by the Environmental Protection Agency. The others had at least ingested the poison.
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