Authorities seek help to find who shot, killed a Missouri bald eagle

The Missouri Department of Conservation says the dead eagle was found in northern Missouri, one mile south of Adair.

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February 04, 2020 - 12:20 pm

(Missouri Department of Conservation)


(KFTK) - Missouri authorities are asking for help to find the people responsible for shooting and killing a bald eagle in Missouri. 

A post from the Missouri Department of Conservation on Facebook says the bird was found near Adair, Mo., which is about 14 miles east of Kirksville. An x-ray of the eagle shows bullet fragments around its shoulder.

"Please call Adair County Conservation Agent Kevin Powell at (660) 216-1389 with any information. If you witness or suspect a wildlife violation, report it to your local conservation agent or call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111," the department asks. 

The bald eagle is protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act even though it has been delisted under the Endangered Species Act, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

The punishment for killing a bald eagle is up to one year in prison and $100,000 fine for an individual ($200,000 for an organization). The second offense becomes a felony with maximum penalty of 2 years in prison and $250,000 fine for an individual ($500,000 for an “organization” such as a business). 

In 2013, a West Virginia man was convicted in federal court for killing a bald eagle and sentenced to serve six days in federal prison, 11 months and 26 days of home confinement, and five years supervised probation; he must also forfeit the rifle used to kill the eagle and pay $3,301 in jail and court fees.

Another recent convictions under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act included two cases a Florida land development company responsible for the destruction of an eagle nest tree on property where it was building a housing development in 2005. The assesed $356,125 fine was among the largest penalties ever assessed under this statute.

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