Fairfax County Animal Protection Police officers responded to a report of an injured bald eagle at Justice Snowden Farm on Wednesday Feb. 15.
The officers tried repeatedly to get close to the bird, which attempted to fly between a barn roof and trees. But it was having difficulty flying any further than that, police said.
Efforts to corral the bird lasted nearly two days. With the help of Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Engine 409 and Fairfax County Wildlife Management members, police said they were finally able to bring the bird into protective custody.
The 10-pound female eagle was treated for a broken wing and was scheduled to be taken to a wildlife center in Waynesboro, Va.
A Fairfax County Police spokesperson said the eagle had to be euthanized due to injuries, but could not elaborate on specifics.