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A bald eagle prepares for flight. Photo by Richard Keen / RMA.

$7,500 reward for information on bald eagle killing in Louisiana

VERRET, LA – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are investigating the killing of a bald eagle near Verret, Louisiana in St Bernard Parish.  The eagle was discovered on April 4, 2014, near the fire station on Highway 300 and Bayou Road.

A reward of up to $7,500 is being offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Humane Society of the United States for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the killing.

Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal wildlife statutes. Violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $15,000 and/or six months in federal prison.  Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act violations carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $5,000 and/or one year in federal prison for a first offense.

Anyone with information should call the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agents Ben Bryant at 985-514-7115 or Stephen Clark at 504-214-2398.

Contacts

Stephen Clark, USFWS
504-214-2398
Stephen_Clark@fws.gov

Phil Kloer, USFWS
404-679-7299
Philip_Kloer@fws.gov

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