May 19, 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 Haywood County. The HSUS offer adds to an existing U.S. Fish and Wildlife reward of $2,500.
According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on May 4, an immature bald eagle was discovered at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds on Soco Road, U.S. Highway 19, in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. The eagle had been recently shot and the bullet fragments were removed from the bird.
“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 and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission 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.
- 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.
Anyone with information concerning this eagle is asked to call Special Agent Tom Chisdock with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement at (828) 258-2084 or Captain Greg Daniels with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at (828) 337-9425.
humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.
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