Internet news headlines and snippets of copy can be misleading.
Take, for example, a link I followed to Columbia County (Ore.) Buzz-Examiner story about a bald eagle that was recovering after being shot three dozen times! And seven times in the head!
After looking at an image of the bird’s hospital X-ray, however, it became clear that the bird had been shot once with a shotgun and had three dozen pellets in its body including seven in the head.
A more accurate version of the story can be found here.
I realize that I’m probably more familiar with firearms than most journalists, but for cryin’ out loud! There’s a heck of a difference in trauma between being hit once with three dozen shotgun pellets (apparently size 7 or smaller bird shot) and being shot three dozen times.
The bottom line is that the bird appears to be recovering. With any luck, someone will rat out the miscreant who pulled the trigger. A jail term and a $100,000 fine for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act would make any scofflaw think twice about pulling the trigger again.