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Idaho Fish and Game Looking for Leads in Shooting of Bald Eagles

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Eagles shot with high-powered rifle near reservoir. 

Someone shot two adult bald eagles in Idaho and game officials are now looking for the public’s help to capture their killer.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game said the state and federally-protected eagles were shot with a rifle. They were discovered February 28 at Brownlee Reservoir near Steck Park.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Idaho Fish and Game. They are offering a reward in the case and informants have the option to remain anonymous. In fact, KTVB.com reports Mark Sands, the Game and Fish Officer doing the investigation is hoping someone with information will contact him directly at 208-989-9322.

The early months of 2016 have seen several suspicious eagle deaths in the U.S. that have had authorities looking for answers not only in Idaho, but Pennsylvania and Maryland, too. Someone shot a juvenile bald eagle in Carbon County, Pennsylvania at the end of January. Now, in Maryland, authorities are trying to figure out what killed 13 bald eagles in a story that made national headlines.

Anyone with information about the Idaho eagle shootings can also contact the Fish and Game offices at 208-465-8465, the Washington County sheriff’s office at 208-414-2121 or Idaho State Police at 208-846-7550. Informants can also call Citizens Against Poaching (CAP), who is offering a reward for information on the case at 1-800-632-5999.

“I’m hopeful someone will contact me directly with details about these eagle shootings,” Sands told KTVB.com.

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