State officials are looking for tips from the public that may lead to the culprit who shot and killed a bald eagle in Cedar County last weekend.
Greg Wagner, spokesman for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, says the bird was found Sunday about three miles southeast of Yankton.
“It looked like it happened Sunday,” Wagner says. “A citizen found it. There were two rooster pheasants and two hen pheasants with the eagle. No hen pheasant shooting in Nebraska, so, it’s illegal to harvest those.”
Wagner says shooting an eagle is a serious crime.
“This is a federal offense,” he says. “Imprisonment for up to two years, tens of thousands of dollars in fines, so if you want to deep six a bald eagle, you’re going to go behind the crowbar hotel and pay quite a bit of money.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Nebraska Wildlife Crime Stoppers at 800-742-7627.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton