LITTLE ROCK, AR - For the second time this month, wildlife officials are offering a $5,000 reward for information about the killing of a bald eagle in Logan County.
In the most recent incident, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) are investigating the killing of a mature bald eagle in the Mount Magazine area near the community of Midway.
The bald eagle was discovered on the Mount Magazine Wildlife Management Area close to Shoal Creek Road. Both of the eagle’s talons were cut off. The investigation revealed the bald eagle was killed Jan. 20-30.
The other eagle killing under investigation involves a juvenile bald eagle found south of Scranton. Investigators believe the protected bird was shot Jan. 12-18. They say due to its injuries, it's unlikely the bird traveled far from where it was shot. The eagle died on Feb. 7, due to multiple fractures of its right wing.
Bald 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 should call Special Agent Jason Keith with the USFWS, Office of Law Enforcement, in Little Rock at (501) 324-5643 or Arkansas Game and Fish Commission at 1-800-482-9262.
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