Bald eagles are no longer an endangered species, but unauthorized hunting of the birds is not allowed.
Authorities in Maryland are looking for information about the killings of two bald eagles in Montgomery County.
Maryland Natural Resources Police say that on Christmas Day, an eagle was shot and killed by someone using a rifle in a field at Georgia Avenue and Bordley Road in Brookville. Then on Saturday, a wounded eagle was found near a home in Darnestown. That bird died, and an x-ray showed it had been hit by bird shot.
The state Department of Natural Resources says thanks to increasing numbers, bald eagles are no longer protected as an endangered species. But federal law still says anyone wishing to shoot bald eagles must get a permit from the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Anyone with information about the shootings is urged to contact the Maryland Natural Resources communications center.