Game and Parks reports a citizen found the dead eagle Sunday in Cedar County, about three miles southeast of Yankton, South Dakota. It appears the eagle was shot the day it was found. Also found next to the eagle were two rooster pheasants and two hen pheasants. Rooster pheasants are in season. It is illegal to harvest hen pheasants.
The Game and Parks Commission says, Bald eagles are protected by the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), which prohibits the take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, transport, export or import of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit.”
The maximum penalty is $250,000 and up to two years in prison.
Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Commission Conservation Officer Jeff Jones at 402-762-5022 or Nebraska Wildlife Crime Stoppers at 1-800-742-7627. The caller can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.