Colorado agency believes beheaded eagle lawfully acquired |

Colorado agency believes beheaded eagle lawfully acquired

BOULDER, Colorado – State wildlife officials say a beheaded bald eagle found in a Boulder County park likely came from a federal repository used by Native Americans.

A hiker found the eagle wrapped in a red cloth over the Memorial Day weekend. Its talons and feathers were missing.

Wildlife officers were concerned the eagle might have been poached and its parts sold on the black market. But Colorado Division of Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill said Thursday the agency got an anonymous tip that an Indian man who had a federal permit to use eagle parts in a religious ceremony was performing a ritual in the park.

Federal officials met with the man and a lawyer for the Native American Rights Fund.

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