PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A bald eagle that had been shot was found dead Thursday morning in a creek in Douglas County.
The eagle was found in Lower Cow Creek and reported to wildlife officials. It had been dead for one or two days before it was found, according to Oregon State Patrol.
Wildlife experts said the eagle was shot on Lower Cow Creek Road near West Fork Cow Creek Road. Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and killing one carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a $100,000 fine.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for tips leading to a conviction.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Turn in Poachers hotline: 800.452.7888.