A reward is being offered for information on a bald eagle being shot and later leading to it’s death.
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for this information, adding to an existing $2,500 reward from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.
According to the USFWS, the eagle was found seriously injured in Bridgeton City Park in New Jersey on May 20. The eagle appeared to have been shot the week before its discovery. The weapon used was a firearm, but it wasn’t clear what kind of gun.
The eagle later had to be humanely euthanized due to its extent of its injuries.
Catherine Hibbard, spokeswoman with the USFWS, said: “Killing a bald eagle is a serious crime and we urge anyone with information about this case to come forward.”
Nicole Paquette, vice president of wildlife protection for The HSUS, said: “This senseless shooting of our national symbol is a serious crime and we are appalled at the blatant disregard of their survival. We are grateful to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife for their diligent efforts to bring the offender 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.
Shooting an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. A person convicted under those laws could face imprisonment of up to one year with maximum fines of $100,000 and $15,000, respectively.
Anyone with information should call Special Agent Snyder with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 908-787-1321 or Conservation Officer Toppin at 856-629-0555.