Two Bald Eagles Shot in 1 Week in Southeast Missouri, Reports Say
Missouri Department of Conservation Agent Candice Davis told KFVS-TV that an eagle’s body was recovered in Reynolds County on Friday. The eagle was a juvenile that had been shot and killed. Another eagle was shot in Wayne County several days ago.
Davis said there are no suspects in the case, and she could not speculate as to what the person thought they were shooting.
She said all birds of prey are protected by law.
The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act prohibits the “take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit,” according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. “Take” includes pursuing, shooting, shooting at, poisoning, wounding, killing, capturing, trapping, molesting, disturbing, or collecting the animal.
“The 1972 amendments increased civil penalties for violating provisions of the Act to a maximum fine of $5,000 or one year imprisonment with $10,000 or not more than two years in prison for a second conviction. Felony convictions carry a maximum fine of $250,000 or two years of imprisonment. The fine doubles for an organization,” according to the Service.
Conservation Agent Eric Long found the eagle on Jan. 29. The Missouri Department of Conservation is investigating both incidents, FOX2 reported.
A number of local Missouri residents sounded off on the eagle killings.
“They’re a symbol of our nation and they should be protected and kept sacred,” local man Tom Clemons said.
“I think it’s a shame, it’s our national bird and they’re beautiful. They’re pretty to look at and I think people ought to just leave them alone,” local Jean Leise said.