Who's Shooting the Bald Eagles of Southern Illinois?
|An uninjured bald eagle just being awesome.|
So why is someone shooting them?
On February 5, an injured eagle was reported in Louisville, Illinois. That bird had been shot, and is recuperating at a rehabilitation center. A dead eagle was then found about 30 miles away in Richmond County, Illinois, on February 24. X-rays revealed that it died from a gunshot wound.
Why would you want to shoot an eagle? In addition to being magnificent creatures, they're also federally protected. Anyone found guilty of shooting a bald eagle is subject to one year in prison and $100,000 fine. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party.