U.S. Fish & Wildlife Doesn’t Play When it Comes to Eagles

On January 27, the Southeast Region of U.S. Fish & Wildlife posted a photo of a wounded bald eagle on Facebook. The photo, accompanied by a release, offers a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of persons responsible for shooting the eagle near Knoxville, Tennessee.

“The bald eagle holds a special place in the heart of every American,” said Bo Stone, Special Agent in the Service’s Knoxville, Tennessee, Office of Law Enforcement.  “It is our national emblem and a great symbol of pride and freedom.  This crime is inexcusable and we intend to prosecute the responsible party to the fullest extent of the law.”

What is the fullest extent of the law? According to the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the penalty is a $100,000 fine and a 12 month stay in federal prison. 
USFWS says the eagle, which is at least five years old, is currently recovering.
Last year, a crew of Canadian fishermen made headlines when they accidentally caught an eagle on a trolling flasher then nursed it back to health on board.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact Special Agent Bo Stone at (865) 692-4024, or Monroe County Wildlife Officer Joe Pike with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at (800) 262-6704 or (931) 484-9571.

C’mon America, we can do this.