June 9, 2009
Reward Offered in Colo. Bald Eagle Poaching Case
BOULDER, Colo. — The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing and mutilating a bald eagle last month in Legion County Park.
According to published news reports, the eagle was found dead during the weekend of May 30 just west of Arapahoe Road and 75th Street. The eagle's head, talons and tail feathers had been removed and the body wrapped in a cloth and dumped.
"The poaching of a bald eagle is an affront to this iconic species and an insult to their struggle to overcome extinction," said Holly Tarry, Colorado state director for The HSUS. "The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Colorado Division of Wildlife for strongly enforcing anti-poaching laws."
In 2008, the Colorado General Assembly increased the penalty for illegally killing eagles. If convicted, the poacher may face severe state charges and federal penalties.
Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of poachers are caught. Poachers kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Operation Game Thief at 1-877-COLO-OGT.
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