Reward for Information Involving Bald Eagle Killing in Haywood County
May 19, 2011
- Tom Chisdock, FWS, Tom_Chisdock@fws.gov, 828/258-2084
- Greg Daniels, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, email@example.com, (828) 337-9425
- Tom MacKenzie, FWS, Tom_MacKenzie@fws.gov, (404) 679-7291
Daniel Cable, wildlife enforcement officer, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, holds the juvenile bald eagle killed by a gunshot. USFWS photo.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are investigating the shooting of a bald eagle in Haywood County. A reward of up to $2,500 is offered to anyone for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing the eagle.
The bald eagle was discovered on Wednesday May 4, 2011, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds located on Soco Road, U.S. Highway 19, in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. An examination revealed that the eagle had been recently shot and bullet fragments were removed from the carcass. The eagle was an immature bald eagle and lacked the characteristic adult white head and tail feathers.
Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal wildlife statutes. Violations of these statutes carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 and/or one year in federal prison.
Anyone with information concerning this eagle is asked to call Special Agent Tom Chisdock with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement at (828) 258-2084 or Captain Greg Daniels with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at (828) 337-9425.
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 American people. Visit the Service’s websites at http://www.fws.gov/southeast/ or http://www.fws.gov/
The mission of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is to conserve North Carolina’s wildlife resources and their habitats and provide programs and opportunities that allow hunters, anglers, boaters and other outdoor enthusiast to enjoy wildlife-associated recreation. To learn more go to www.ncwildlife.org.
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. Visit the Service’s website at http://www.fws.gov or http://www.fws.gov/southeast/