March 12, 2010 in City, Region

Bald eagle killed near Long Lake; reward offered

The Spokesman-Review

A bald eagle was shot to death near Long Lake last weekend, and the Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for tips that lead to the killer’s conviction.

The bird was found on the south bank of Long Lake off Long Lake Road, near the town of Ford, the weekend of March 6.

Bald eagles are federally protected birds. Killing them is a federal crime that carries up to a year in prison and fines up to $100,000.

In a prepared statement, Dan Paul, state director of the Humane Society, called the poaching “an affront to wildlife and the laws that protect these animals.”

The Humane Society is offering the reward with the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. Anyone with information is asked to call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement at (509) 928-6050.

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