• Reward Offered in Bald Eagle Case

    April 19, 2017 No comments

    Midwest Bald EagleWe are working to close a case involving the shooting of an American bald eagle in Indiana and we need your help. We are seeking information regarding an eagle that was found shot and left for dead in northwest Boone County in March.

    On March 27 2017, a three year-old eagle was recovered west of Thorntown, Indiana. The eagle was alive, but severely emaciated, and was taken to a local rehabilitation facility for examination. X-rays confirmed that the eagle had been shot and based on the amount of emaciation, it is estimated that the shooting occurred about a week prior. After consultation with the veterinarian, it was decided to euthanize the eagle.

    We are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information which leads to the conviction of any responsible party. Indiana Department of Natural Resources Turn in a Poacher [1] is assisting as well by providing concerned citizens a confidential way to share relevant information about the investigation.

    The bald eagle is currently protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The killing or possession of a bald eagle or its parts is a violation of both Acts, punishable by imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $100,000.

    If you have any information relating to this incident, please contact the Turn in a Poacher (TIP) line at 1-800-847-4367.

    Learn more about the protected status of bald eagles: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/ [2]

    The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov.

    [1] http://www.in.gov/dnr/lawenfor/7608.htm
    [2] http://www.fws.gov/midwest/eagle/

    Posted by in Statewide News

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