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Information Sought on Poisoned Bald Eagles

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Since March 2002, four bald eagles have been found near Easton, Md., apparent victims of poisoning.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service special agents suspect that one or more people intentionally and unlawfully placed pesticide-laced bait, resulting in death of one of the eagles, according to Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Healy of the Service’s Northeast Region. 


“As the agency responsible for protecting our nation’s symbol, the Service has been investigating the eagle poisonings,” Healy said.  “Now we are offering a reward up to $2,500 for information about the incident.”


Bald eagles are protected by the Endangered Species Act.  The Act prohibits protected species from being killed, harmed or harassed, which means it is illegal to wound, shoot, trap, capture or collect eagles.  Bald eagles are also protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Eagle Protection Act. 


Anyone with information about these eagle poisonings is encouraged to call Service Special Agent Kenneth Endress at 410-573-4514.  Callers may remain anonymous.






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