The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks are investigating the shooting of a bald eagle in the Big Level area of Stone County.
A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting.
The eagle was discovered in the Big Level community near O’Neal Road and King Bee Road.
Evidence indicated the eagle was shot between Jan. 9-19.
Because of its injuries, the eagle could not have flown far from where it was shot.
The eagle is undergoing rehabilitation at the Wildlife Care and Rescue Center.
Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal and state 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 this eagle is asked to contact the USFWS’s Jackson Office of Law Enforcement at 601-965-4699 or call the MDWFP Law Enforcement Bureau at 601-432-2074.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
A leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, the USFWS is known for its scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service.
The mission of MDWFP is to conserve Mississippi’s wildlife, fisheries, and parks and provide quality outdoor recreation. To learn more go to www.mdwfp.com