Officials Offer $10,000 Reward for Information on Dead Eagles

Officials Offer ,000 Reward for Information on Dead Eagles
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Maryland Natural Resources Police are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to a conviction connected to the mysterious death of 13 bald eagles in the state’s Eastern Shore.

After a local man reported the carcasses while he was searching for shed deer antlers Saturday afternoon, authorities have been investigating how they died. It could have been accidental poisoning, according to a Maryland Natural Resrouces Police spokesperson, who says this is the largest single eagle die-off in Maryland in 30 years.

But if the eagles were intentionally killed, whomever is responsible could face maximum fines of $100,000 and $15,000 under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, respectively. A prison sentence of up to one year is also possible.

If you have any information about the deaths, call John LaCorte with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 410-228-2476 or the Maryland Natural Resources POlice Hotline at 800-628-9944.

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