Office of External Affairs
Mountain-Prairie Region


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Mountain-Prairie Region
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, Colorado 80228

For Immediate Release

March 12, 2013

Contact: Special Agent Ellen Goeckler (402) 419-4855.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Investigates Bald Eagle Shooting

Reward for Information


Bald Eagle. Credit: USFWS
Bald Eagle Credit: USFWS

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is actively investigating the shooting of a bald eagle near Beatrice, NE.

The bald eagle was found on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 in a field located approximately 4.5 miles east of Hwy 77, on Hickory Road in Beatrice, NE.  The field is located on the south side of Hickory Road, just past the intersection with S 41st Rd. 

Bald eagles are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.  The shooting of any eagle is considered a violation of those acts. 

Anyone with information regarding the shooting of this eagle is asked to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement in Washington, KS at (402) 419-4855. The Service will pay for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.  Anyone contributing that information to authorities can remain anonymous.  Information can also be reported to the Nebraska Wildlife Crimestoppers at 1-800-742-7627, who is offering an additional reward up to $1,000.  

About 50,000 pairs of bald eagles occupied the lower 48 states in pre-colonial times, but that number was reduced to 400 pairs by the 1960s. Biologists blamed a loss of habitat, shooting, trapping and the heavy use of pesticides such as DDT. After DDT was outlawed, bald eagles began making a comeback in the late 1980s, and the species was down listed from endangered to threatened in 1996, and in June of 2007, it was removed from the list completely

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