A young male bald eagle soars over Bangor in 2014. Credit: Courtesy of Sharon Fiedler

T7-R7 WELS, Maine — The Maine Warden Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are asking the public for information regarding the shooting of a juvenile bald eagle in Penobscot County.

The eagle was discovered wounded in T7-R7 WELS on the Whitehorse Road on October 13, around 2:00 p.m.

It is believed the eagle was shot with a shotgun sometime between the afternoon of Wednesday, October 11 and Friday, October 13.

The eagle was badly wounded and needed to be euthanized after veterinary treatment was sought.

Under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call either Operation Game Thief (800) 253-7887 or the USFWS Office of Law Enforcement at (207) 469-6842.

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