A bald eagle was found shot and killed in Chenango Valley State Park in Chenango Forks, New York.
A mature bald eagle was found dead on September 19, 2015, in Chenango Valley State Park as reported on the USFWS Northeast Region’s Facebook page.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is now offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator(s).
The agency is asking anyone with information about the event to contact Special Agent Jason Bak with the USFWS in Albany, NY at (518) 431-4341.
The NY DEC Poaching Hotline can also be called by dialing 1-800-TIPP-DEC (1-800-847-7332)
Bald eagles are a federally protected bird under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Fines under these acts against eagles are $15,000 and $100,000 with the possibility of 1-year in jail.
Bald eagles are no longer listed under the Endangered Species Act, but are protected as threatened by the state of New York.
Though it is an emotional subject for most Americans and wildlife enthusiasts everywhere, the USFWS Facebook page has been deleting some commentary and asking for decorum:
“Some of the comments on this string have been deleted due to severe violations of our comment policy. We support positive debate, but please refrain from personally defaming comments.”
Eagle Image via USFWS/Facebook