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Reward Offered in Illinois Bald Eagle Poaching Case

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 Putnam County. The HSUS reward adds to an existing $1,000 reward from the Bureau-Putnam County Crime Stoppers.

According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, on Oct. 30, an injured juvenile bald eagle was discovered along the Illinois River near Hennepin. Conservation police later captured the bird whose wing has been fractured by shotgun pellets. The eagle was initially cared for by the Countryside Animal Clinic in Streator and is now in the care of the Hoo Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Durand. The bird is expected to survive. 

“The callousness of poachers is appalling, and we hope that anyone with information about this or other poaching crimes will come forward,” said Kristen Strawbridge, Illinois state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police for working tirelessly to bring wildlife violators to justice.” 

Shooting an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Penalties for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act can include up to one year in jail and a $100,000 fine.


  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide tens of millions of animals are poached annually.
  • It is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of 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 shooting should contact the Illinois Department of Natural Resources hotline, at (877) 236-7529 or Bureau-Putnam County Crime Stoppers at (815) 925-7412. Callers with information may remain anonymous. 

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


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.

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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 152 acres in Illinois, 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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