A reward of $2,500 is being offered “for information that significantly furthers the investigation” of a bald eagle that was shot in Queen Anne’s County in October, according to Christina Meister, spokesperson for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
As first reported by WNAV News, the bald eagle was rescued by Nancy McDonald, a bird rescuer, on October 31, although it had been grounded for several days prior.
McDonald transported the juvenile eagle to Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research on the same day she rescued it and later received notification from a Tri-State staff member the bird had been shot and was euthanized.
“I’m encouraged by the reward – hopefully it will lead to information,” said McDonald.
Bald eagles are federally protected under the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Bald and Golden Act and Lacey Act – it’s against the law to shoot them.
“It is sad and disturbing that anyone would want to shoot our national symbol,” said Chris Eberly, executive director of the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership. “We need to do a better job educating people in Queen Anne’s County and elsewhere on the Eastern Shore that Bald Eagles are not a threat to their livelihood, whether that involves chickens or small game. And it is not at all acceptable to shoot any non-game bird for any reason.”
According to Meister, “The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating this matter. Anyone with information should call Special Agent John LaCorte at 410-228-2476.”
Donna L. Cole is an award-winning reporter that works for WNAV News.