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Officials offering reward for information on bald eagle shooting in Rapides Parish

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Posted at 1:54 PM, Oct 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-15 14:54:12-04

Wildlife officials are offering a reward for information on the shooting of two American bald eagles in Rapides Parish.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible.

On October 7, 2021, the Fish and Wildlife Services says two mature American bald eagles were recovered in Rapides Parish on Kincaid Lake. The bald eagles displayed gunshot wounds from a small caliber firearm.

The Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Violations of these statutes carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 and $15,000 respectively and/or up to one year in federal prison, officials say.

Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to contact U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Brad Rabalais at 601-331-0292, call the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-442-2511, or contact the LDWF Pineville district office at 318-487-5427.

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