Reward offered for information on who shot eagles

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information about who shot two bald eagles in Southeastern Illinois within the past six weeks.

Officials with the Illinois Department of Conservation report an injured mature bald eagle was found Feb. 5 in Louisville, Ill., near the Little Wabash River. X-rays confirmed the eagle had been shot. The bird is now being treated at a wildlife rehabilitation center. Louisville is located on U.S. Rt. 45 a few miles north of Flora, Ill., in rural Clay County.

A second eagle was found dead on Feb. 24 in southern Richland County. Again, X-rays confirmed the mature eagle had been shot.

Bald eagles are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act as a threatened species in the lower 48 states. Violators face up to a year in prison and fines up to $100,000 if convicted.

Anyone with information about either of these eagle shooting incidents is encouraged to call the Illinois Target Poacher Hotline at 1-877-236-7529, or contact any DNR conservation officer or the Illinois State Police.

via Reward offered for information on who shot eagles ยป Evansville Courier & Press


photo: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service photo