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February 8, 2011

Reward Offered in Kansas Bald Eagle Death

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing a bald eagle in Smith County.  The HSUS offer adds to an existing possible reward from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Case:

According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at around 4 p.m. on Jan. 1, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office notified U.S Fish and Wildlife agents that a landowner had found a dead bald eagle on the road near the intersection of BB and 20 Roads. According to the landowner, the eagle was alive and flying around only a short time before the bird was found dead.

“We implore anyone with information about this case to come forward,” said Elise Traub, deputy manager of the Wildlife Abuse Campaign for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for working tirelessly to bring wildlife violators to justice.” 

Killing an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Penalties for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act can include up to two years confinement and a $250,000 fine. Penalties for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act include up to six months confinement and $15,000 fine.

 Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that for every wild animal killed legally — tens of millions of animals per year — another is killed illegally.
  • Every year, thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide; however, it is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals are discovered by law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $2,500 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The Investigators:

Anyone with information about the eagle deaths should contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement in Topeka, Kansas, at (785) 232-5149.  Callers may remain anonymous.

The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information. 

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.

Follow The HSUS on Twitter. See our work for animals on your iPhone by searching “HumaneTV” in the App Store.

Since 1993 the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, alone or in partnership with other conservation groups, has participated in the protection of more than 1.8 million acres of wildlife habitat in 37 states, and eight  foreign countries. On all properties owned by the Trust or protected by the Trust's conservation easement, both here and abroad, we prohibit recreational and commercial hunting and trapping and restrict logging and development. The Trust's commitment to these principles will never change as we continue to assist caring landowners to make their property permanent, safe homes for wildlife. Join our online community at wildlifelandtrust.org.

 

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