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Reward Offered in Bald Eagle Shooting

August 24, 2011


  • Bob Snow, USFWS Special Agent, 502-330-0451
  • Stacy Shelton, USFWS Public Affairs Specialist, 404-679-7290,

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A side fiew of a bald eagle flying

Bald eagle in flight. Photo: George Gentry, USFWS.

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources are investigating the shooting death of a mature bald eagle on Highway 121 near New Concord, Kentucky, in Calloway County. The Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing the eagle.

The eagle was discovered in November 2010. A necropsy performed by the National Fish & Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon recently determined the eagle had been shot.

Anyone with information concerning the shooting of this eagle is asked to call Special Agent Snow at 502-582-5989 x29 or the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources at 1-800-25ALERT. Investigators are optimistic that someone in the local community knows who shot the eagle and will assist authorities with identifying the shooter.

“In these types of cases it’s likely, given the amount of time that has passed with no law enforcement pressure, that whoever shot the eagle has probably confided in someone by now,” said Bob Snow, a special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Louisville, Kentucky.

Luis Santiago, Acting Special Agent in Charge for the Southeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement, said “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 per person and up to one year federal imprisonment.”

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