By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A dead immature eagle was discovered at Twin Lakes Reservoir the last week of December and fish and game officials responding to the scene found the raptor had been shot.
Korey Owens, local IDFG officer said the department is still investigating the case and is requesting help from the public in finding those responsible for the bird’s death.
Poaching federally protected raptors, such as eagles, is both a state and federal violation punishable by fines and civil penalties up to $3000 and could include up to six months in jail.
Anyone with any information about the shooting of this eagle or any other wildlife violation, needs to call Owen at 251-1923, the Franklin County Sheriff’s office at 852-1234, the IDFG regional office at 208-232-4703, or the Idaho Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) Hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Those who call the CAP hotline can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.
The eagle was discovered on Dec. 28, according to Owens.
Southeast Idaho is an important wintering area for bald and golden eagles, according to officials from the IDFG office in Pocatello. They said mid-winter surveys show as many as 100 bald eagles in the southeast region of Idaho, including Franklin County.
Abundant waterfowl and upland game provide excellent prey for wintering birds. Winter can also be a time of plenty for eagles because they can play the role of scavengers and often feed on animals who succumb to harsh winter weather, injuries, predation, and vehicle collisions, said officials.
The bald eagle, the nation’s symbol, was removed from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in 2007. But they and golden eagles are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
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