FRANKFORT, Ky. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are investigating the shooting death of a mature bald eagle on KY 121 in Calloway County near New Concord, Kentucky. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife 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 and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory recently determined the eagle had been shot.
Anyone with information concerning the shooting of this eagle is asked to call Bob Snow, special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Louisville, at (502) 582-5989, ext. 29. Or contact the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources dispatch center 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,” Snow said.
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,” he said.