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Number of dead bald eagles found in Delaware up to 5

With a single swoop, a bald eagle catches a fish at Wilde Lake in Columbia.
With a single swoop, a bald eagle catches a fish at Wilde Lake in Columbia.(Photo by John Maloney)

DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) — Another bald eagle has been found dead in Delaware, bringing the total number of dead eagles found to five.

Delaware Natural Resources Police Sgt. John McDerby says the fifth eagle was found Sunday in Dagsboro.

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The Delaware Department of Natural Resources previously said in a statement that one eagle was found dead near Dagsboro on Saturday morning. Three other birds were found disoriented about a mile away from where the first bird was found. They later died.

Tri-State Bird Rescue in Newark is currently caring for three other bald eagles that were found sick over the weekend.

McDerby says DNREC doesn't know what caused the eagles to become sick and die. Lab tests of both the sick and dead birds are expected to be completed soon.

Officials ask the public to report any eagles that appear to be sick at 800-523-3336.

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