Indiana conservation officers are asking for help in finding who is responsible for the shooting deaths of two juvenile bald eagles.
The first eagle was discovered shot in a southern Vigo County tree early last month. A second was found dead in a rural area in northern Sullivan County. The eagle was recovered from a tree and found to have been shot. Officers believe the shooting occurred in early January.
Indiana Conservation Officer Chris Springstun said he hopes someone comes forward with information.
“There is a joint $2,000 reward being offered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Indiana Turn-in-a-Poacher, Inc,” Springstun said.
Springstun said the bald eagle is not an endangered species, but they are protected by federal laws. Fines and penalties could be issued if someone is convicted of harming an eagle.
Authorities ask anyone with information to contact DNR Law Enforcement Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 or the TIP hotline at 1-800-847-4367 (TIP-IDNR).