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February 19, 2013

Reward Offered for Bald Eagle Death in Pike County, Ark.

The 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 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for illegally shooting a bald eagle near Highland in Pike County, Ark. This reward adds to an existing $2,000 reward from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

According to an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer, the bald eagle was found on Feb. 2 on private land along Arkansas Highway 26 west of Highland.

“This senseless shooting of our national symbol is a serious crime, and those responsible must be brought to justice,” said Laura Bevan, southern region director for The HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for their work to find those responsible for this tragedy.”

Shooting an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Anyone with information concerning the shooting of the eagle is asked to call Sgt. Sigman at 501-622-9352 or the Stop Poaching Hotline at 800-482-9262.

Poaching:

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

Media Contact: Pepper Van Tassell; 240-751-0232, pvantassell@humanesociety.org

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