Reward Offered in Shooting Death of Bald Eagle

LORETTO, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania Game Commission and The Humane Society of the United States are offering more than $5,000 for information on whoever fatally shot a bald eagle in western Pennsylvania earlier this month.

The wounded eagle was found by people riding all-terrain vehicles on May 10 in northern Cambria County, about 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. The bird died before it could be treated for a single wound from a small-caliber gun.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  reports the game commission is offering a $250 reward and the Humane Society $5,000 more for information leading to an arrest.

Wounding or killing the birds is a state and federal crime. The birds are no longer considered endangered or threatened under federal guidelines, though the species remains on the threatened list in Pennsylvania.

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