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Cash Reward Offered To Find Perp That Shot & Killed Bald Eagle Near Snohomish
January 24, 2018
CLICK TO ENLARGE. The eagle that died after being shot near Snohomish. Photo: Sarvey Wildlife Center
This report first appeared Jan. 19 in the Breaking New Column
(ARLINGTON, WA) -- Sarvey Wildlife Center in Arlington has put up a $1,000 reward, later matched by a local veteran to make the total $2,000, to find the person who shot and killed a bald eagle near Snohomish, Washington.
Eagles are federally protected wildlife.
The center got a call Wednesday from someone who said they heard gunshots around 11:30 am and saw an eagle fall to the ground in a field near Roosevelt Road & Highway 2 just a few miles southeast of Snohomish.
The center's staff responded to the location and took the young eagle, about a year old, back to its facility for medical care.
The bird had indeed been shot. One shotgun pellet was still embedded in the abdomen. The bird suffered extensive internal injuries and died overnight.
Anyone with information about who shot the animal is asked to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 425-883-8122 ext. 222 or the state Department of Fish and Wildlife at 360-902-2928.
In a statement the wildlife center said, "What happened... to this eagle was senseless, illegal and incomprehensible," and that it offered the reward because it wants the perpetrator found and prosecuted.