Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Bald Eagle Death Under Investigation in Oklahoma
Reward offered for information

February 1, 2018

Contact(s):

Nick Chavez, 505/248-7889, nicholas_chavez@fws.gov

Aislinn Maestas, 505/248-6599, aislinn_maestas@fws.gov


Bald eagle with gunshot wound. Credit: USFWS.

Bald eagle with gun shot wound. Credit: USFWS

McCurtain County, OKLAHOMA- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is investigating the death of bald eagle found adjacent to a rural county road, approximately seven miles west of Broken Bow in McCurtain County, Oklahoma.

The eagle was discovered by a local rancher who notified the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The eagle carcass exhibited indications it was shot with a high-powered rifle. Additional evidence was recovered at the scene. The Service’s Wildlife Forensics Laboratory is conducting a necropsy to verify the cause of death.  

Anyone with information regarding the death of this eagle is asked to contact the Service’s Office of Law Enforcement in Fort Worth, Texas (817-334-5202) or the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation Operation Game Thief (1-800-522-8039).  Callers with information may remain anonymous. The Service is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death.

Bald eagles were removed from Endangered Species Protection in June 2007 after being declared recovered, due in part to habitat protection and protection from human-caused disturbance, but they remain protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Killing an eagle is a violation of these acts. The maximum penalty for a criminal violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act is one year in jail and $100,000 per individual or $200,000 per organization for the first offense. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act carries maximum penalties ranging from six months to one year in jail and fines of up to $250,000 per individual, depending on whether an individual is convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony.

 

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.

 

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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov/. Connect with our Facebook page, follow our tweets, watch our YouTube Channel and download photos from our Flickr page.