A reward of up to $7,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever is responsible for killing a bald eagle.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are investigating the killing that occurred near Verret in St. Bernard Parish. The eagle was found April 4 near the fire station on La. 300 and Bayou Road.
Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal wildlife statutes.
Violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $15,000 and/or six months in federal prison. Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act violations carry maximum penalties of up to $5,000 and/or one year in federal prison for a first offense.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ Operation Game Thief at (800) 442-2511 or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agents Ben Bryant at (985) 514-7115 or Stephen Clark at (504) 214-2398.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Humane Society of the United States are offering the reward for information.