By Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (AP) - A bald eagle that’s believed to be the oldest banded bird of its species has been found dead along an upstate New York road after being hit by a car.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation said Friday the eagle was found in Henrietta outside Rochester on June 2.

A band on its leg shows it was 38 years old. Federal records indicate the eagle is the oldest banded bald eagle encountered in the nation to date.

The bird was brought to New York from Minnesota as part of New York’s bald eagle restoration program and was banded in 1977. It was released into the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, where it stayed until it reached breeding age and began nesting at Livingston County’s Hemlock Lake.

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