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Wildlife agents use dead eagle’s photo to ask to stop litter

April 2, 2022 GMT

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina wildlife officers are using the recent death of a bald eagle to remind people that illegal dumping can have unintended consequences.

Someone dumped a cooler with fish parts, plastic bottles and worm cups recently along a Sumter County road, the Department of Natural Resources said in a Facebook post.

The bald eagle started to eat the fish parts, but was frightened and flew into the front bumper of a truck and was killed, agents said.

Wildlife officials posted a picture of the litter and the dead eagle to ask people to try to prevent another incident.