CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, N.Y. (WKBW) — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads investigators to the person who shot and killed a bald eagle in Cattaraugus County.
The dead bird was first spotted at the top of a tree along the Allegany River near Old Route 17 on November 20.
When Seneca Nation Fish and Wildlife recovered the carcass about a week later, they determined it had been shot.
The bird was a banded sub-adult female. While bald eagles are no longer considered an endangered species, they are federal protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
The shooter could be fined up to $100,000 and face a year in prison.
Anyone with information is asked to call U.S. Fish and Wildlife at 691-3635, Seneca Fish and Wildlife at 945-2779 or 1-844-FWS-TIPS.