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Bald eagle shot; reward offered

Bald eagle shot; reward offered

Posted: Friday, May 7, 2010 9:01 pm

TIPTONVILLE — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are investigating the shooting of a bald eagle in the Reelfoot Lake area of neighboring Lake County.
A reward of up to $3,300 is offered to anyone for information leading to a conviction of the person or people responsible for shooting the eagle.
The reward is provided from contributions by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Mid-South Raptor Center.
The eagle was discovered in Lake County about five miles north of Tiptonville, close to the Mississippi River. The area is near the intersection of State Highway 22 and Cates Landing in the New Markham Road area.
An examination by a veterinarian revealed the eagle was shot with a rifle sometime between March 24 and March 26. Due to the extent of the injuries, the eagle would not have been able to fly very far from where it had been shot.
The eagle had part of its right wing amputated and is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Mid-South Raptor Center. A Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman said the mature bald eagle — which sports the familiar white head and tail — will not fly again.
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 and/or one year in federal prison.
Anyone with information concerning this eagle is asked to call special agent Matthew Bendele with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement, in Memphis at (901) 380-3577 or Lake County wildlife officer Rob Dougherty with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at 1-800-372-3928.
Published in The Messenger 5.7.10

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