THE Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is asking for the public's help after a Wedge-tailed Eagle (Aquila audax) was shot and subsequently died from its injuries.
Department forest and wildlife officer, Phuong Tran said the eagle was found on Wednesday, November 28 near the Baillieu (Richardsons) Lagoon Wildlife Conservation Reserve at Torrumbarry.
"A local landholder found the injured bird and called a local wildlife shelter who took it to a vet in Bendigo and advised DELWP of the situation," Ms Tran said.
"The vet found a wound consistent with being shot by a high-powered rifle.
"Despite being treated for its injuries, sadly the bird died on Thursday night.
"The bird was a juvenile and possibly from a pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles that are known by the community.
"Anyone with information is urged to call us on 136 186 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
All native wildlife in Victoria, including all birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, is protected by the Wildlife Act 1975. It is illegal to disturb or destroy protected wildlife without a licence, permit or authority.