Reward offered for information in bald eagle shootings
Crossville, Tenn. (WDEF) — After two area bald eagles were shot recently, the US Fish and Wildlife Service is now offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible.
The first eagle shot was reported around 2pm on January 30th in Meigs County, but authorities determined it had been shot up to one week before the report. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) says the bald eagle was found off State Route 68 near State Route 58. The bald eagle was alive but injured and later had to be euthanized. According to the TWRA, the bald eagle was shot with size eight to eleven shotgun pellets.
The second injured bald eagle was found in Rhea County on Abby Lane, just north of Highway 60, on February 1. The TWRA says that eagle was alive but in poor condition and had to be euthanized as well. Authorities say there was an entrance and exit wound on the eagle though to be caused by a gunshot.
Although bald eagles were taken off the endangered species list in 1978, the TWRA says they remain protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) Region III at 931-484-9571 or the US Fish and Wildlife Service at 615-736-5532.