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April 5, 2011

Reward Offered in Bald Eagle Killing in North Carolina

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 Warren County. The HSUS offer adds to an existing U.S. Fish and Wildlife reward of $2,500.

The Case:

According to the published media reports, on March 20, a bald eagle with a broken wing was found on Faulkner Quarter Rd. near Wise. The bird had been shot and was treated by a veterinarian, but later died from the injuries.

“Poachers callously disregard the laws in place to protect wildlife,” said Kimberly Alboum, North Carolina state director for The HSUS.“The Humane Society of the United States thanks U.S. Fish and Wildlife for working tirelessly to bring wildlife violators to justice.” 

The person or persons responsible face up to a year in prison and fines of up to $100,000. Bald eagles are federally protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

 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 is asked to call U.S. Fish and Wildlife Special Agent Sandra Allred at (919) 856-4786, or North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Richard Creech at (252) 886-3614 or (252) 438-3428.

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, including 129 acres in North Carolina, 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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