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Reward Possible in Case of Bald Eagle Shootings

Two bald eagles were shot and killed in Montgomery County last week. State authorities are asking for the public's help in making an arrest.

While no longer on the endangered species list, you can only shoot bald eagles with a federal permit. File | Patch
While no longer on the endangered species list, you can only shoot bald eagles with a federal permit. File | Patch

A reward may be possible in the case of poachers who shot two bald eagles in Montgomery County, says the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

The first eagle was shot with a rifle at about 3 p.m. on Christmas Day while feeding on a deer carcass in a field that adjoins Georgia Avenue and Bordley Road in Brookville, according to the Baltimore Sun.

A second eagle was found wounded Dec. 28 near a residence on Deakins Lane in Darnestown, the release from the NRP said. The bird later died of its injuries.

Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call the Department of Natural Resources Communications Center, 410-260-8888. If you want to remain anonymous, call the Catch-A-Poacher hotline at 1-800-635-6124, where a reward is possible.

The bald eagle was removed from the nationally protected endangered species list in 2007, and in Maryland three years later, the Sun said.

Shooting eagles requires a permit from the U.S. Department of the Interior, and a conviction for doing so without one can carry a fine of up to $5,000 and up to a year in prison, the newspaper said.

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