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$1,000 Reward Offered for Information on Bald Eagle Shot Near Gaston, Oregon

July 24, 2017


Brent Lawrence,

Injured bald eagle found near Gaston, Oregon. Credit: ODWF

PORTLAND, Oregon – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to a conviction of the person(s) responsible for shooting a male bald eagle near Gaston, Oregon, in late June.

The eagle’s shooting is under investigation by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Oregon State Police. Bald eagles are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which makes hunting, capturing, shooting, injuring or killing a bald eagle a crime punishable by up to a $5,000 fine and a year in jail for first offenses.

On June 28, 2017, Oregon State Police responded to the area of Old Highway 47 and Looking Glass Drive, which is north of Gaston, for a report of an injured bald eagle. Oregon State Police located the injured bald eagle, and captured it after following it through thick brush, a marsh area and a short distance through a field. The injured bald eagle was initially reported the previous week, but was able to fly and wasn’t captured.

If you have information related to this incident, please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Oregon Office at (503) 682-6131, or Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888 (Case Number SP17221814).

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