By Chantalle Edmunds For Dailymail.com
Published: 20:01 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 20:08 BST, 3 May 2019
Seven bald eagles and a great horned owl have been found dead along Maryland's eastern shore in a matter of months.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) believe the deaths, in Kent and Talbot counties, are consistent with the 'suspected on-going and intentional poisoning of foxes, raccoons and other nuisance animals in the area,' the Maryland Natural Resources Police said in a press release.
Six bald eagles and a great horned owl were found in March in Kent County near Route 445 and Swan Creek Road in Chestertown.
Seven bald eagles and a great horned owl have been found dead along the eastern shore of Maryland in recent months. (Photo shows bald eagles not involved in the poisonings, Starr, Valor II, and Valor I sitting on their nest in Illinois)
A number of sick eagles were also rescued and treated successfully.
Authorities were called to a farm in Talbot County, near Lewistown Road and Colby Road in Cordova on April 3. They found three bald eagles who had been feeding on a red fox carcass. All showed signs of poisoning and one died at the scene.
The two others are said to be in a stable condition.
The USFWS and NRP believe the animals are dying as a result of unknown people deliberately placing baits laced with carbofuran, sold under the