Eagle recovering from gunshot wounds; $3,500 reward offered
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Media contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3200
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
wants to find whoever shot and wounded an American bald eagle near
Lehigh Acres in early March. And two conservation groups are
offering a total of $3,500 for information leading to an
Local residents first noticed the eagle on the ground on March
3, near the 3900 block of 20th St. SW in Lehigh
Acres. At that time it was not evident the bird had sustained
gunshot wounds. The eagle remained on the ground until March
7, when a concerned citizen realized the bird was injured and took
it to the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, where it is
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
investigator Greg Stanley believes the bird was shot sometime
earlier that week, in the general vicinity of where it was
"The nearest known bald eagle nest is 3.8 miles from where the
bird was rescued, and the injuries to the bird would have prevented
it from traveling very far from where it was shot," Stanley
The FWC is investigating the incident, and Stanley hopes someone
will come forward with information.
"This is a callous act that cannot be tolerated. The bald
eagle has recently come off the federal endangered species list and
Florida's imperiled species list as the result of decades of hard
work by conservationists and a supportive public,"
Intentionally harming a bald eagle is a misdemeanor, punishable
under federal law by up to a $100,000 fine and/or up to one year in
prison. Anyone with information about this incident should
call the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922 or report it online
Those reporting violations may remain anonymous.
The Wildlife Alert Reward Association pays rewards for
information that leads to the arrest of violators of fish and
wildlife laws. The nonprofit organization is funded by voluntary
donations, as well as by court-ordered contributions from convicted
violators. Wildlife Alert is offering a $1,000 reward in this case,
and the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society
Wildlife Land Trust has added $2,500.
For more information about Florida's bald eagles, go to MyFWC.com/Eagle.