Reward offered in bald eagle shooting

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who recently fatally shot a mature bald eagle found in Fayetteville.

On Nov. 20, 2012, an injured mature bald eagle was discovered near Route 30, near Fayetteville. An examination of the eagle revealed it had been shot. The eagle later died from this injury.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking anyone with information about the shooting to contact either Special Agent Cottrell with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Harrisburg at (717) 221-4425 or call the Pennsylvania Game Commission Poaching Hotline at 1-888-PGC-8001 (1-888-742-8001).

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