Eagle Shooter Still At Large, Reward Offered
May 29, 2013
- USFWS: Brad Rabalais, (601) 965-4469, firstname.lastname@example.org
- or, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (601) 432-2074
In rehab since being shot in January, this bald eagle was transferred from Wildlife Care and Rescue Center in Biloxi to complete its recovery at Auburn University in Alabama. Rehabilitators are hopeful this eagle will be returned to the wild.
photo credit: Wildlife Care and Rescue Center
JACKSON – The gunman who shot a bald eagle near Wiggins, Mississippi, in January is still on the loose, while the injured bird remains confined in rehab. A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) continue to investigate this case, but need the public’s assistance. Anyone with information concerning this eagle is asked to contact the USFWS’s Jackson Office of Law Enforcement at 601-965-4469 or call the MDWFP Law Enforcement Bureau at 601-432-2074.
The bald eagle was discovered in the Big Level community near O’Neal Road and King Bee Road, southeast of Wiggins, in Stone County, Mississippi. The investigation revealed the eagle was shot between the dates of January 9 - 19, 2013. Due to its injuries, the eagle could not have flown far from where it was shot.
The eagle was undergoing rehabilitation at the Wildlife Care and Rescue Center in Biloxi, but was recently transferred to the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation Center at Auburn University. It is flying again; however, it is not ready to be released back into the wild.
Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal and state wildlife statutes. Violations of these statutes carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 and/or one year in federal prison.
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