June 29, 2011
Mississippi Bald Eagle Shooting Reward Increased to $5000
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 shooting a bald eagle in the Iuka area of Tishomingo County. The HSUS reward adds to an existing Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks and U.S. Fish and Wildlife reward of $2,500, for a total of $5,000.
The Case: According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: An immature bald eagle was discovered in Burnsville near County Road 306. The eagle had a gunshot wound to the right wing. The eagle was shot sometime between March 15 and April 7. Because the injury compromised the eagle’s ability to fly, it is believed that the shooting took place close to where the bird was discovered. The eagle is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Jackson Zoo, however the bird may never fly again.
“Killing or injuring a protected species is a serious crime,” said Lydia Sattler, Mississippi state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks for working tirelessly to bring these criminals to justice.”
Shooting a bald eagle is a violation of the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act which is punishable by up to a year in prison and/or up to $100,000 fine.
- 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 one percent to five percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement. 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 this case is asked to call USFWS’s Grenada Office of Law Enforcement at 662-227-0990 or call the MDWFP at 1-800-BE-SMART or 1-800-237-6278. 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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