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*$2,500 Reward for Information on Bald Eagle Shooting in MS
JACKSON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Mississippi
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) are investigating the
shooting of a bald eagle in Stone County, Mississippi.
A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to the
arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the
The bald eagle was discovered in the Big Level community near O’Neal Road
and King Bee Road, southeast of Wiggins. The investigation revealed the
eagle was shot between the dates of January 9 - 19, 2013. Due to its
injuries, the eagle could not have flown far from where it was shot. The
bald eagle is currently undergoing rehabilitation at the Wildlife Care and
Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and
the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal and state wildlife statutes.
Violations of these statutes carry maximum criminal penalties of up to
$100,000 and/or one year in federal prison.
Anyone with information concerning this eagle is asked to contact the
USFWS’s Jackson Office of Law Enforcement at 601-965-4699 or call the MDWFP
Law Enforcement Bureau at 601-432-2074.
Brad Rabalais, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, firstname.lastname@example.org
There have now been 4 bald eagles shot in MS this winter! What is going on?
I didn’t realize that! Do you know if they were immatures? I would have thought our national symbol had enough charisma to avoid this kind of thing.
The one in Neshoba county was an adult I know. I'm pretty sure the one in Greene County was as well. Not sure about the one up in North MS (Desoto or Marshall County I think). I don't recall anyone saying it was immature. I really don't understand why it's happening so much. Most people are so thrilled to see a bald eagle.