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Date: August 4, 2003
Ken Dulik 303-274-3562

Reward Offered in Eagle Nest Destruction
and Theft of Eaglets

The Colorado Division of Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who cut the limb off of a tree which held a bald eagle nest. The nest fell to the ground and the eaglets were removed. The nest destruction and theft of the eaglets occurred in mid to late June. The eagle nest was located approximately 6 miles southwest of Las Animas, Colorado in Bent County. Destruction of a bald eagle nest is a violation of the Endangered Species Act, the Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act as well as Colorado Wildlife Statutes and Regulations.

Anyone with information about the nest destruction and theft of the eaglets is encouraged to call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 303-274-3560, or the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-332-4155. Callers may remain anonymous.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 95-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 542 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 69 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

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