Photo Gallery | Reward offered for info in bald eagle shooting
A $2,500 reward is being offered for information on the shooting of a bald eagle in Tuscaloosa County. The bald eagle was discovered shot in the wing and head near the Sipsey River on Upper Columbus Road in Northport on Friday, Feb. 17. It is recovering from its injuries, including a broken wing, at the Southeastern Raptor Center in Auburn and is expected to be released back into the wild once it heals.
"After a couple months of physical therapy, we hope to place this eagle in one of our large flight aviaries. Once the eagle has been exercising on its own and meets our release criteria, we hope to release the eagle back in the wild," the Southeastern Raptor Center posted on their Facebook page.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering the reward for information that leads to the conviction of the person who shot the bald eagle. The Alabama Wildlife Center says it appears that the bird's wounds were not recent.
To provide information about the bald eagle shooting, contact John Rawls with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 334-285-9600, John_Rawls@fws.gov, or call Alabama’s Operation GameWatch : 800-272-GAME(4263), or e-mail: DCNR.GAMEWATCH@DCNR.ALABAMA.GOV.