STANTON, Neb. -- Authorities in Stanton County said they arrested two 20-year-old men for killing and American Bald Eagle. 

The Stanton County Sheriff's Office said that around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle just northwest of the main Wood Duck Recreation Area. 

Wood Duck Recreation Area is located about three miles southwest of Stanton. 

The Sheriff's Office said the vehicle was found in a field. SCSO said that while talking to the two men, it was reportedly determined that they had a dead American Bald Eagle in their possession. 

Authorities said that further investigation revealed that the two had shot and killed the protected national bird in that area. 

The Sheriff's Office reported that the men said they planned on cooking and eating the bird. 

Nebraska Game and Parks were reportedly contacted and took custody of the eagle as well as the rifle that was used to kill the eagle. 

Stanton County Sheriff's Office said that the two men are originally from Honduras, but now reside in Norfolk, and were cited for unlawful possession of the eagle.

One of the men was also cited for having no drivers license. They were cited for misdemeanors in Nebraska. 

Stanton County Sheriff's Office said more serious charges are possible as the investigation into the unlawful killing continues. Federal authorities will determined further charges.