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Possible explanation given for bald eagles found dead in Md.

FEDERALSBURG, Md. -- Authorities say 13 bald eagles found dead near a farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore may have been poisoned.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says it is unlikely that the birds, which were discovered Saturday, were intentionally shot.

One eagle was originally found struggling in a marina with no sign it had been shot, CBS Baltimore reported.

Bob Edgell discovered some of the birds on his Federalsburg farm and described their bodies as having been "flattened."

Thomson says the birds may have eaten poisoned rodents or could have been killed by a chemical someone sprayed on a field. Edgell says he hasn't laid any poison on his farm.

Thomson says bald eagles are no longer considered endangered in Maryland, but it is still illegal for people to kill them.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to a conviction in the case.

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