Reward Offered After Bald Eagle Mutilated Outside Sallisaw Motel

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Picture of the dead eagle [US Fish and Wildlife Service]

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information about the death and mutilation of an American bald eagle found outside a Sallisaw Motel 6.

The eagle was found with its talons, tail feathers and several larger primary wing feathers on the sidewalk at the motel in March, according to a report from KOTV in Tulsa.

State authorities contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who began an investigation, according to Tom Buckley, FWS spokesman.

Buckley said from looking at a photo of the dead eagle it appeared to be a juvenile, because it had not yet developed the classic white head feathers.

The FWS has conducted forensic testing on the bird. Even if the eagle died naturally, Buckley says bald eagles are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act as well as Oklahoma statutes.

Anyone with information concerning the death of the bald eagle is asked to contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement at 405-715-0617.