Authorities are seeking information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of a bald eagle in Bridgeton City Park in New Jersey. The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for this information, adding to an existing $2,500 reward from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.
According to the USFWS, the eagle was found seriously injured in Bridgeton City Park on May 20. The eagle, which had to be humanely euthanized due to its injuries, appeared to have been shot the week prior to its discovery.
Catherine Hibbard, spokeswoman with the USFWS, said: “Killing a bald eagle is a serious crime and we urge anyone with information about this case to come forward.”
Nicole Paquette, vice president of wildlife protection for The HSUS, said: “This senseless shooting of our national symbol is a serious crime and we are appalled at the blatant disregard of their survival. We are grateful to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife for their diligent efforts to bring the offender to justice.”
Imprisonment of up to one year
Shooting an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Someone convicted under those laws could face imprisonment of up to one year with maximum fines of $100,000 and $15,000, respectively.
Anyone with information about this case should call Special Agent Snyder with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 908-787-1321 or Conservation Officer Toppin at 856-629-0555.