Game wardens still seeking suspect in dead bald eagle

Posted Oct. 17, 2013, at 9:48 a.m.

HERMON, Maine — Game wardens have been fielding multiple tips regarding a bald eagle that was shot dead earlier this week, but no arrests are imminent.

Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said Thursday morning the case remains under investigation.

“We have received numerous phone calls that we are investigating,” MacDonald said.

The bald eagle was shot and killed in Hermon earlier this week, according to MacDonald. The bird was located near the Souadabscook Stream in the area of Hermon Pond on Wednesday.

Shooting a bald eagle is a federal crime punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.

No suspects have been identified, MacDonald said.

“Nothing to this point has been concrete evidence pointing to a particular person,” he said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-ALERT-US. A $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest is being offered.

Operation Game Thief is a poaching hotline which offers rewards leading to arrests of people who hunt and fish illegally. Callers can remain anonymous while reporting information.

Tips can also be sent online by visiting http://www.maineogt.org/.

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