The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement is investigating the death of two golden eagles near Chickaloon, Alaska. A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing the eagles.

The eagles were discovered in the Anthracite Ridge area northwest of the Chickaloon-Knik-Nelchina Trail along Purinton Creek. The eagles were found lying dead on top of a bait pile of meat that was surrounded by snares used by trappers. Evidence at the scene suggests the eagles were caught and killed in the snares while trying to get at the meat in the bait pile. One of the golden eagles was an adult female and the other was an immature male.

Golden eagles are the largest raptor in North America and range from Mexico to Alaska. Golden eagles may live up to 30 years in the wild and sometimes mate for life. Golden eagles are mainly found in mountainous regions and eat small mammals, birds, fish, and carrion.

Golden eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal 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 concerning these eagles is asked to call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement in Anchorage at (907) 271-2828.

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