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Reward offered in Bald Eagle shooting

This American Bald Eagle died despite attempts to save its life. (Image courtesy West Hills Veterinary Center, Henderson, NC)

March 31, 2011 9:49:36 AM PDT
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are offering a reward for information leading to a conviction after an American Bald Eagle was shot in Warren County.

The bird was found March 20 on Faulkner Quarter Road near Wise, North Carolina.

The eagle suffered a broken wing and died despite treatment by a veterinarian in Henderson.

“Because the eagle was found along a traveled roadway, someone may have seen or heard something that will help in our investigation,” said Sandra Allred, a special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service based in Raleigh.

Bald Eagles are protected by federal law. Anyone convicted of hurting one can face up to a $100,00 fine and one year in federal prison.

Anyone with information is asked to call Special Agent Allred at (919) 856-4786, or North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Richard Creech at (252) 886-3614 or (252) 438-3428.

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