Reward offered for person who shot bald eagle

FILE - A bald eagle in Connecticut (WTNH / Report-It -Carol Moriarty)

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) — Law enforcement officials are hunting for the hunter responsible for shooting a bald eagle in Rocky Hill.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Environmental Conservation Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are asking the public for information about a bald eagle that was shot in Rocky Hill. The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Officials said that on December 13th, a person reported finding a a dead eagle on Great Meadow Road in Rocky Hill in the area of the Connecticut River. The recently killed immature bald eagle was sent to the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Oregon where a preliminary examination indicated that the eagle’s injuries were caused by gunshot.

The Connecticut Audubon Society issued the following statement:

“The Connecticut Audubon Society and its thousands of members are outraged at this heinous crime. Bald Eagles are attempting to make a comeback in our state and we can’t afford to lose even one of this beautiful species. Almost 150 Bald Eagles spend the winter here and three dozen or so nest and raise their young here – which indicates that Connecticut now has ample food and habitat for these magnificent birds.

We hope that whoever killed this Bald Eagle is brought to justice for the brazen disregard of our national emblem and lack of appreciation of the beauty and ecological value of this species.

Connecticut Audubon Society will help by circulating the wanted notice to all of our members and friends.”

If you have any information that could help officials in their investigation you’re asked to call the Environmental Conservation Police’s Emergency Dispatch Center at 860-424-3333,  or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent at 860-871-8348.

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