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Reward offered in eagle shooting

Wed., June 8, 2011, 9:38 a.m.

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot a golden eagle in Asotin County.

Sometime around Feb. 1, the eagle was shot on Weissenfels Ridge, about 4 miles east of Anatone. The bird was killed with a shotgun, according to a necropsy performed at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s forensics laboratory.

The award is being offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Humane Society and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

Shooting an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Penalties for violating both acts can include up to a year in jail and fines, which are up to $100,000 per individual for violation of the eagle protection act and up to $250,000 per individual for violations of the migratory bird act.

To report tips on the eagle shooting, call C.W. Roberts, USFWS special agent at (509) 546-8344 or (509) 727-8358; or Brendan Vance, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officer at (509) 480-0832. Callers may remain anonymous.

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