By Samm Quinn
Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the shooting and death of a bald eagle that was discovered in Morgan County.
The eagle was found by a Morgan County resident on Feb. 1 on private property near the town on Eminence.
The bald eagle is the national bird and a federally threatened species. The bird is protected by the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
Those found in violation of the acts could be fined up to $250,000 and up to two years of imprisonment.
"It is a senseless shooting of our national bird and a federally threatened species," said Conservation Officer Jon Fennig in a statement.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports the bald eagle is the only eagle unique to North America.
While officers are conducting their investigation, they are asking for any additional information from the public. Callers with information that leads to an arrest are eligible for a cash reward. Anyone with information can call (800) TIP-IDNR or online.
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