Troopers: Eugene osprey probably not killed by humans

The bird underwent a necropsy at Oregon State University on Tuesday.

Posted: Aug 7, 2019 11:07 AM
Updated: Aug 7, 2019 12:18 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The case of an unexplained osprey death is close to being solved.

Oregon State Police on Wednesday said they do not believe the bird's death was human caused.

Neighbors near a man-made perch at James Madison Middle School in Eugene initially suspected the bird was killed by poachers. They say that last week they heard shots, and that the next day they saw a dead Osprey with it's wings fully sprawled out hanging from its perch.

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However, the bird underwent a necropsy at Oregon State University's veterinary center on Tuesday. The exact results of the examination have not yet been made public.

Ospreys are a protected species under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

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