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January 27, 2014

Humane Society Adds $5,000 to Reward Offered in Bald Eagle Killings

by kking
Photo of an eagle

by Shannon Petrosky

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are adding $5,000 to the reward being offered to help solve the cases of two bald eagles shot to death in Montgomery County last month.

The money pledged to the Maryland Natural Resources Police investigation ─ added to the financial commitment by three private citizens ─ brings the reward total to $8,000. The money would be awarded after the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the killings.

“Illegally shooting our national symbol is a heinous crime and we implore anyone with information to come forward.  The Humane Society of the United States thanks the Maryland Natural Resources Police for all its tireless work to find those responsible,” said Tami Santelli, Maryland State Director for The Humane Society of the United States.

Anyone with information concerning the killing of these eagles is asked to call the NRP Catch-A-Poacher hotline at 800-635-6124.

An eagle was shot with a rifle at about 3 p.m. on Christmas Day in a field that adjoins Georgia Avenue and Bordly Drive in Brookeville. The bird was feeding on a deer carcass at the time of the incident.

On December 28, a mature eagle was found near a residence on Deakins Lane in Darnestown. The bird was alive but later died of its injuries. An x-ray revealed it had been hit by bird shot.

“We sincerely appreciate the partnership with these three individuals, and the Humane Society and the Wildlife Land Trust in this important effort to protect Maryland’s natural bounty and take legal action against the perpetrators,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV, superintendent of NRP. “This financial incentive is a reflection of their dedication to the protection and conservation of this magnificent bird.”

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 239 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation, maritime and law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

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