Bald eagle found electrocuted in northern Indiana

(WISH Photo, file)

PERU, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana conservation officer says a bald eagle has been electrocuted in northern Indiana after likely swooping down to feed on an animal carcass and slamming into high-tension wires.

Officer Jonathon Boyd tells the Kokomo Tribune the eagle found last week near Peru wasn’t fully developed. It had a wingspan of 7 feet, 6 inches and had grown 3-inch talons.

Boyd says it’s unusual for any bird to be electrocuted in power lines, but especially rare for bald eagles. He says eagles have excellent eyesight, but don’t have good peripheral vision when honed in on a target.

Eagles are no longer listed among endangered or threatened species after conservation efforts allowed the population to rebound and flourish in Indiana. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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