May 22, 2013
Reward Offered for Information in Bald Eagle Shooting in Allegheny Township, Pa.
The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal shooting of a mature bald eagle in Allegheny Township.
According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, on May 10, a concerned citizen found an injured bald eagle in the vicinity of Lincoln and Sharpe roads in Allegheny Township. The bird later died of the injuries in a state vet laboratory in State College. A necropsy revealed that the eagle had suffered at least one gunshot wound.
“We are appalled at this kind of cruel disregard for a threatened species here in our state,” said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The HSUS. “We are so thankful for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s tireless work to investigate this crime and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”
Bald eagles are classified as a threatened species in the state of Pennsylvania and they are protected by state and federal law.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the PGC’s Southwest Regional office at 724-238-9523 or the TIP Hotline number at 1-888-PGC-8001. Anyone providing information leading to the arrest of the shooter or shooters may be eligible for an additional monetary reward provided by the PGC.
- Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are killed illegally each year.
- 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 $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.
The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from HSUS board member Cathy Kangas and her husband Ed Kangas of New Canaan, Conn.
Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.
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