Reward offered for information in shooting of bald eagle in southeast Oklahoma

A bald eagle was discovered shot and killed Dec. 27 west of Broken Bow in McCurtain County. (Oklahoma Game Wardens)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward for any information leading to those responsible for killing a bald eagle in southeast Oklahoma.

The service announced Feb. 2 that are offering $1,500 for any information that leads to a conviction in the killing of a bald eagle around Dec. 27 in McCurtain County.

On that day, a passerby discovered a bald eagle shot along Myrtle Road west of Broken Bow in rural McCurtain County. The eagle was later collected by a game warden who discovered a rifle casing nearby. The eagle is believed to have been shot out of a tree overhanging the road.

The animals are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The maximum penalty for killing an eagle is one year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the service's Office of Law Enforcement in Fort Worth at 817-334-5202 or the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation at 1-800-522-8039.

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