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MAGGIE VALLEY, NC (AP) — State and federal wildlife authorities are investigating the shooting death of a young bald eagle in Haywood County.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission officials said Thursday they are offering a $2,500 reward for help finding the eagle’s killer.

Investigators say the bird likely died not long before its carcass was discovered May 4 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Bullet fragments were found in the eagle.

Authorities said the immature bald eagle lacked the white head and tail feathers often seen in adults of the species.

Bald eagles are protected by federal wildlife statutes. Anyone convicted of killing one can get up to a year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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2 Comments on "Reward offered for bald eagle killer"

Charles Walters
2015 years 8 months ago

It was most likely some dumba** hunter who was drunk or a fool with a gun on vacation who thought it would be a hoot to kill something. North Carolina is a Bird Santuary which means it is illegal to just go out and shoot birds for fun. Double the reward and one of the fools friends will come out of their holes and turn them in. If people who live here, and the people who visit here keep killing our wildlife the in future years they will all be gone. What did these animals do to you that they deserve to die?

2015 years 8 months ago

get off it you twit….. some dumba$$ hunter??? imagine how over populated this place would be if we didn’t hunt and just let the animals go. yes, killing a bald eagle is wrong and i hope they catch who did it. but hunting is needed. it controls populations, prevents the spread of diseases, etc. get off the computer and go back to hugging your tree.

you eat a burger lately? how about a juicy chicken breast??? what did that cow or chicken do to you that they deserve to die??? get over it.


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