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Reward for Information: Poisoned Eagles, Talbot County, Maryland
Date Posted: November 24, 2009
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents are seeking individuals with information to aid an investigation into the poisoning of five bald eagles in Talbot County, Maryland, discovered Nov. 20 in the Cordova area near Colby Road and Kittys Corner Road.
The Service is investigating the incident and is offering a reward of up to $3,500 to the person or people who provide information leading to a conviction. Anyone with information should call Special Agent Robert Register with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement in Cambridge, Md., at 410-228-2476.
One juvenile eagle and one mature eagle are dead. Three more juvenile eagles remain severely incapacitated. The eagles apparently fed on a fox carcass containing poison. A licensed wildlife rehabilitator is caring for the injured eagles.
The federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act protect bald eagles. Maximum criminal penalties for violating the Eagle Act include a $100,000 fine and one year in prison. Until 2007, bald eagles were also protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Robert Register 410-228-2476 Robert_Register@fws.gov
Diana Weaver 413-253-8329 Diana_Weaver@fws.gov
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Northeast Region Law Enforcement