Teen accused of killing bald eagle appears in court

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – A teenager accused of shooting and killing a bald eagle faced a judge on Wednesday. 

Orlando David Delgado, 17, is charged with hunting without a landowner's consent after authorities said he shot a bald eagle to death Feb. 21 in the Woodland Oaks neighborhood next to the White Oak Bayou.

The shooting was reported near Highway 290 and Fairbanks North Houston Road.

A witness told authorities that he saw three males standing near the base of a tree where a bald eagle had nested for a few years.

The witness said he found the dead eagle.

Before deputies arrived, the witness said Delgado and two friends returned to the area and one of them pulled a feather from the eagle's body.

The three left the scene in a white truck.

A deputy was told that the men had left, but a witness told the deputy where to find the truck.