Covering Louisiana

Jun 18, 2013 3:26 PM by Associated Press

Reward offered in fatal poisoning of 2 bald eagles

NEW ORLEANS | Federal investigators say someone poisoned and killed two bald eagles in Thibodaux.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are offering $3,500 for information leading to the conviction of whoever killed the national birds.

Fish and Wildlife Service agent Sidney Charbonnet says the eagles were found in early April, about 50 yards apart in a field.

A news release says both had eaten large amounts of poison in late March or early April.

Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Violations carry up to $100,000 in fines and a year in prison.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call federal wildlife agents at 337-291-3036 or state agents at 800-442-2511.

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