By The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/Mississippi Dept. Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
JACKSON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) are investigating the shooting of a golden eagle in the Iuka area of Tishomingo County, Mississippi.
A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting. The USFWS and the MDWFP are contributing to the reward.
The eagle was discovered in the Burnsville community near County Road 306. The investigation revealed the eagle was shot between the dates of March 15 and April 7, 2011. It had a bullet in its left wing, and due to its injuries, the bird could not have flown far from where it was shot. The two-year-old golden eagle is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Jackson Zoo. It possibly will not fly again.
Golden eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal and state 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 contact the USFWS’s Grenada Office of Law Enforcement at 662- 227-0990 or call the MDWFP at 1-800-BE-SMART or 1-800-237-6278.
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