June 3, 2011
Reward Offered in Golden Eagle Shooting
Joan Jewett, 503-231-6211, firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing a golden eagle on or about Feb. 1, 2011, in Asotin County, Washington. The shooting occurred on Weissenfels Ridge, approximately 4 miles east of Anatone.
Following a necropsy, investigators at the Service's Forensics Laboratory determined the golden eagle had been killed with a shotgun. Golden eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call FWS Special Agent C.W. Roberts, 509-546-8344 or 509-727-8358. They can also contact Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife - Officer Brendan Vance at 509-480-0832.
The maximum penalty for a criminal violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act is one year in jail and $100,000 per individual or $200,000 per organization for the first offense. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act carries maximum penalties ranging from six months to one year in jail and fines of up to $250,000 per individual, depending on whether an individual is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony.