Investigation of eagle shooting ongoing

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Investigation of eagle shooting ongoing

An American Bald Eagle in flight.

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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