Reward offered for fatally shot bald eagle

Feb 20, 2020

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that results in the discovery of the person who shot and killed a bald eagle in Cattaraugus County late last November.

Bald eagles are not endangered, but they are federally protected.
Credit U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

Bald eagles are not endangered, but they are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Seneca Nation Fish and Wildlife recovered the dead bird about a week after it was first spotted along the Allegany River near Old Route 17, and found that it had been shot. It was a banded sub-adult female bird.

The shooter, if found, faces a fine of up to $100,000 and a year in prison. The reward is being offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Anyone with information is asked to call U.S. Fish and Wildlife at 691-3635, Seneca Fish and Wildlife at 945-2779 or 1-844-FWS-TIPS.