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13 Bald Eagles Found Dead in Maryland Were Killed by Humans, Tests Show

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    13 Bald Eagles Found Dead in Maryland Were Killed by Humans, Tests Show
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    In this Feb. 20, 2016 photo, a bald eagle lies dead in Federalsburg, Maryland. Authorities say 13 bald eagles were found dead near a farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

    The 13 bald eagles that were found dead last month on Maryland's Eastern Shore didn't die of natural causes, wildlife officials said Thursday, and authorities are offering a $25,000 reward to help find whoever killed them, NBC News reported. 

    The birds showed no signs of trauma when they were found Feb. 20 on a farm and in the woods in the town of Federalsburg in what Maryland Natural Resources police said was the biggest die-off of bald eagles in the state in 30 years.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday that necropsies had also ruled out diseases, such as avian influenza, a major threat in the region because of its many poultry farms and migratory birds.

    "Our investigation is now focused on human causes," said Catherine J. Hibbard, a spokeswoman for the agency, who said she couldn't release any more information to protect the investigation.