Reward offered to catch the person who shot dead a female bald eagle near her nest

To shoot and kill an animal just for sport is horrifying to me and I’ve never understood it.

The recent case of a father and son who shot a hibernating bear and her cubs was met with public outrage and the pair were dealt with properly.

But now authorities are trying to find the person or persons responsible for the death of a female bald eagle.

It is believed that she was tending her nest when she was shot dead.


Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

The eagle was found at the end of March in Drew County, Arkansas.

A reward of up to $6,000 is being offered to catch the culprit by The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, which are investigating.

The dead eagle was found near a road, west of Monticello and transferred to the Little Rock Zoo, where veterinary staff determined the cause of death as a gunshot wound.

Animal experts say the bird was believed to be tending her nest when she was shot.

National emblem of the U.S.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the AGFC’s Stop Poaching Hotline at 800-482-9262. All calls will be treated as confidential.

The Bald Eagle, a protected bird, has been the national emblem of the United States since 1782 and a spiritual symbol for native people for far longer than that,  All About Birds reports.

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American Eagle Foundation

This is such a horrific thing to do to a wild animal, which is protected for a reason. Please share this story so the person responsible can be brought to justice.