In 2007, the bald eagle was removed from the federal Endangered Species list. Yet, the national bird--a symbol of freedom and liberty to Americans and sacred for time immemorial to American Indians--is protected by a web of other laws, including one here in Colorado that calls for penalties up to $100,000 and one year in jail for anyone who poaches the bird, writes 7News . That's why Colorado Division of Wildlife officials are investigating the bizarre beheading death of a bald eagle, its carcass found ceremonially wrapped in a red cloth in Boulder County's Legion Park Hill, the tail feathers and talons missing, according to CBS4 . Peter Reshetniak, of the Raptor Education Foundation, says bald eagle parts have immense value on the black market: $500 for a feather. And "if it's a really good head on a staff, it's [worth] $1,000." It's not clear, however, if money is what motivated the eagle's killer. A spokesman for the sheriff's office notes a poacher probably wouldn't have left the eagle where it could be so easily found, according to the Daily Camera . "We're just scratching our heads," the spokesman says. "This was just an oddity."