$7,500 Reward Offered For Info On The Killing Of Bald Eagle

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ARKANSAS (KTHV) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are seeking information on the shooting of a bald eagle that was found on Arkansas Highway 10 in Pulaski County.

The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, the AGFC and the USFWS are offering a reward of up to $7,500 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible.

On Jan. 31, a bald eagle was found dead in the 36500 block of Highway 10. The eagle had a large caliber bullet entrance and exit wound. Evidence recovered at the scene shows that a high caliber rifle was used and a vehicle had stopped on the shoulder of the highway near the eagle. It is believed that the shooting occurred on or before Jan. 31. Enforcement officers believe it is likely that the shooter was not alone and witnesses may have seen the vehicle stopped on the side of the road.

AGFC Director Mike Knoedl said he felt confident the shooter would be found. “Our officers are highly-trained for these types of situations, but they need help from the public to help catch the culprits,” Knoedl said.

Glen Pye, special agent for USFWS, said that shooting a bald eagle undermines important efforts to protect our national symbol. “We are very interested in any information regarding this illegal act,” Pye said.

Desiree Bender, Arkansas legislative director for The HSUS, said: “This is the third time recently that a bald eagle has been shot and left to suffer, with blatant disregard for federal law. We are thankful the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are taking these crimes seriously and for their determination to bring the offenders to justice.”

Although bald eagles are no longer listed under the Endangered Species Act, they are still federally protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Maximum fines under these acts are $100,000 and $15,000 respectively, with possible imprisonment up to one year.

Anyone with information should call Special Agent Glen Pye with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 501-772-8010 or the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at 800-482-9262. Persons providing information may remain anonymous.

3 comments

  • zztopperman

    Bald Eagles are beautiful birds. But I’m sure that if one took off with your pet you’d not think they are so beautiful anymore! Something dreadfully wrong with a nation that holds the life of a bird as more important than the life of a human! Legal to abort babies in all fifty states, but break an eagle’s egg you can get prison time and a big fine!
    I’m not condoning that some idiot shot a bald eagle. I’m just amazed that so much money would be offered to find the person that did it. And that government seeks to de-lead our bullets to protect a small number of eagles that ingest lead pellets from carcasses of animals that are shot but never recovered. Do buzzards die from lead poisoning ? It’s against the law to kill them too. What’s the matter? They not pretty enough?

  • zztopperman

    Typical liberal response saying my comments are Republican! Easy to spot a Republican when I’m not all for killing babies huh? Some legacy you liberals will leave behind…..would have been a lot more of you too had you not aborted your children! Democrats: the group of people that are all about killing babies and stealing other people’s money! Glad I’m not a Democrat!

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