January 24, 2012
Reward Offered for Bald Eagle Shooting in Union Parish, Louisiana
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting a bald eagle north of Farmerville in Union Parish, La.
According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, a driver reported a wounded bald eagle walking beside Louisiana Hwy. 15 near Goose Elkins Rd. Responding LDWF agents found the eagle with a wing injury.
The eagle was recovered and transported to the Wildlife Hospital at the Louisiana State University Veterinary School of Medicine in Baton Rouge. Veterinarians determined that the eagle had been shot in the right wing, which had to be amputated. The eagle will no longer be able to fly and will be placed in a zoo or a wildlife sanctuary after recovery.
“The person responsible for this cruel and illegal shooting has robbed this bird of its ability to fly and its life in the wild,” said Julia Breaux, the Louisiana state director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for their tireless work to find those responsible for this serious crime.”
Shooting an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
- Wildlife officials estimate that tens of millions of animals are poached each year.
- It is estimated that only 1 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 regarding the shooting of this eagle should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program. To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the free "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store.
The HSUS and HSWLT work to curb poaching across the country. Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.
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