Eagle Shooter Still At Large, Reward Offered
June 27, 2013
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (662) 227-0990
- Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, (601) 432-2074
Help us find the gunman who shot this eagle in the right wing and eye causing its death.
Photo credit: MDWFP, photo is available by contacting Elsie Davis, firstname.lastname@example.org ,404-679-7107
GRENADA – The gunman who shot a bald eagle in New Albany, Mississippi, in January of 2013 is still on the loose. A total reward of up to $7,500 is being offered by the Humane Society of the United States ($2,500), the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust ($2,500), and the USFWS ($2,500) for information that leads 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 Grenada Office of Law Enforcement at 662-227-0990 or call the MDWFP Law Enforcement Bureau at 601-432-2074.
The Union County bald eagle was discovered on Owen Road and Tanglefoot Trail in New Albany, Mississippi. The investigation revealed the eagle was shot sometime from January 1 - 18, 2013. Due to its injuries, the eagle could not have flown very far from where it was shot. The Union County eagle had to be euthanized due to its severe injuries from multiple shot shell pellet wounds to its wings, leg, and eye.
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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