HERMON, Maine — Thanks to Penobscot Nation, the reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects who shot and killed a bald eagle in Hermon last week has increased.
The reward, initially set at $1,000, has gone up to $2,000, Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service announced Monday.
The eagle was found in the area of Hermon Pond near the Souadabscook Stream.
Over the weekend, John Banks of Penobscot Nation contacted the Warden Service that tribal members are concerned about the welfare of bald eagles in the state.
“They wanted to do what they could do to assist with the apprehension of the person who killed the eagle last week in Hermon,” MacDonald said.
Bald eagle shootings are rare in Maine, but the crime is a federal offense punishable by up to a year in jail and $100,000 in fines.
The last suspect to go to jail for shooting an eagle occurred in 2012, when Stephen Voisine was sent to prison for killing a bird in 2009.
Anyone with information regarding the case should call Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-ALERT-US.