A week after a Shoshone-Bannock man was sentenced to jail for possessing 14 golden eagle wings and three tails, federal authorities have discovered 15 more dead golden eagles near Fort Hall.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agent Steve Magone said Thursday that his agency is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of eagle poachers.
The dead eagles were reported to federal authorities by Fort Hall wildlife management officials. Magone said the eagles’ heads, tails, wings and feet had been chopped off, presumably for sale on the black market.
Killing golden eagles is a violation of federal law.
Eagle wings fetch about $150 and tails can be sold for $200 in the underground market, Magone said.
Fort Hall Business Council Chairman Marvin Osborne said the Shoshone-Bannock tribes may increase the reward for finding the poachers.
“The tribe definitely does not approve and we wholeheartedly support finding out who did this,” Osborne said.