The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking information leading to the arrest and conviction of the party responsible for killing a federally-protected American bald eagle near Cass Lake, Minn. On Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, a dead juvenile bald eagle was recovered along the north side of Beltrami County Road 20, approximately 500 feet west of Oman Road. Preliminary investigation showed that the eagle was killed with a shotgun. A forensic examination is currently being conducted to obtain additional information. Bald eagles are protected under both the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The killing of bald eagles is prohibited by both laws.“Wildlife crime affects all of us and we depend on the eyes and ears of the public as we look for those who attack our conservation legacy,” explains Special Agent in Charge Gregory Jackson.
The maximum penalty for the unlawful take of a bald eagle under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act is one year imprisonment and / or a $100,000 fine. The maximum penalty for the same violation under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is six months imprisonment and / or a $15,000 fine. There is a $1,000.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the party who committed this wildlife crime. Any person with information about the bald eagle killed near Cass Lake, Minnesota or other bald eagle killings should contact Special Agent Ron Kramer at 218-720-5357.
Image courtesy Rich Keen/USFWS