WAREHAM (CBS) — A bald eagle was found shot in Onset on November 2, and now officials are offering a reward for finding the person who did it.

The eagle was found near Shell Point, a hamlet in Wareham, by a local resident. Wareham Animal Control took the injured eagle to Tufts Veterinary Hospital with breaks in its wing and hind leg. The eagle was euthanized several days later.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Massachusetts Environmental Police are investigating the shooting. The Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to a conviction under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

eaglexray $2,500 Reward In Bald Eagle Shooting

The bright white dot on the x-ray is the bullet found in the juvenile bald eagle. (credit: Tufts Wildlife Clinic)

Until 2007, bald eagles were also protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Anyone with information should contact Special Agent Lee Schneckenberger with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement in Charlestown, R.I., at 401-364-9124 or the Massachusetts Environmental Police at 800-632-8075.


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