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Bald eagle shot in Palm Beach County
Reward offered for information

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2008


Contacts:

Eddie McKissick, 305-526-2610, Ext. 13
Tom MacKenzie, 404-679-7291


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering up to a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible for shooting a juvenile male bald eagle.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office recovered the eagle January 27, 2008, and it is currently being rehabilitated at the Folke Peterson Wildlife Center in Wellington, Florida. The bird suffers from a broken wing with metal fragments scattered throughout its body.

The bald eagle was found southwest the intersection of U.S. Highway 27 and State Road 80, three miles west of the Miami Canal, near the South Bay Area.

Please contact Eddie McKissick, resident agent in charge of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Law Enforcement Supervisory Office in Miami, Florida at 305-526-2610, Ext. 13, with information on this case.

Although bald eagles have been removed from the federal list of endangered and threatened species, they are still federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Violations of these Acts can mean a fine of up to $100,000 and/or one year in prison.

Wounded juvenile male bald eagle.  Photo courtesy of Folke Peterson Wildlife Center.
Wounded juvenile male bald eagle. Photo courtesy of Folke Peterson Wildlife Center.
  Eagle with metal fragments through the neck, chest, and wing. X-ray  photo courtesy of
Eagle with metal fragments through the neck, chest, and wing. X-ray photo courtesy of Folke Peterson Wildlife Center.

 

 


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