By The Associated Press
IUKA, Miss. (AP) — Federal and state wildlife officials have doubled a reward to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in the shooting of a protected bald eagle in the Iuka area of Tishomingo County.
Authorities say the eagle was discovered in the Burnsville community off a county road. The investigation revealed the eagle was shot between March 15 and April 7. It had a bullet in its left wing and could not have flown far from where it was shot.
The two-year-old eagle is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Jackson Zoo. Authorities say it possibly will not fly again.
Bald eagles are protected by both federal and state wildlife laws. Violations of these laws carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 and/or one year in federal prison.