Officials seek information in bald eagle shooting

Wildlife officials are looking for information leading to the person responsible for shooting and wounding a bald eagle in Pittstown and are offering a reward

An American bald eagle was found shot in

An American bald eagle was found shot in Pittstown, NJ. (Credit: The Raptor Trust)

PITTSTOWN - Wildlife officials are looking for information leading to the person responsible for shooting and wounding a bald eagle in Pittstown and are offering a reward for anyone who can help them.

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for this information, in addition to a $2,500 reward from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Officials say that on Dec. 7 the wounded eagle was found in Pittstown. The bird was perched in a tree for several days with a broken leg before rescuers were able to bring it down and take it to a rehabilitation center.

Shooting a bald eagle is illegal under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Violators could face jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.

"This senseless shooting of our national symbol is a serious crime and we are appalled at the blatant cruelty involved,” says Kathleen Schatzmann, the New Jersey state director for the Human Society of the United States.

Anyone who may have information about the shooting is urged to call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 908-787-1321 or 844-397-8477.

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