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January 13, 2012

Reward Offered for Information in Two Bald Eagle Deaths in Kansas

Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 per case for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally killing two bald eagles in Kansas. The HSUS offer adds to an existing $1,000 reward per case from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Case:

According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, on Jan. 9,  an eagle was found in a borrow ditch on 370th Road, approximately one-fourth of a mile north of the Ness County line, in southeastern Trego County. X-rays revealed the presence of metal in the bird’s body. The second eagle was found on Jan. 10 near 1700 Road in northwest Montgomery County, approximately half of a mile south of the Wilson County line on Jan. 10. X-rays of the second eagle also showed the presence of metal.

“Bald eagles are our national symbol and shooting one is a serious and despicable crime,” said Midge Grinstead, Kansas state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for working tirelessly to bring wildlife violators to justice. We implore anyone with information on these crimes to come forward.” 

Killing an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty 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 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.  Information may also be reported to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-877-426-3843.  Callers may remain anonymous.

Media Contact: Stephanie Twining, 301-258-1491, stwining@humanesociety.org

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

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