Authorities investigating bald eagle shot dead in Arkansas

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In this undated photo provided by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, shows a Bald Eagle that was shot and killed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are conducting a joint investigation into the death of the mature bald eagle found in Drew County, Arkansas, on March 28, 2019. […]

Federal and state authorities are investigating the death of a bald eagle that was found shot in southeast Arkansas last month.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says the adult bird was found dead on March 28 near a road west of Monticello, a community about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Little Rick.

The female eagle was taken to the Little Rock Zoo where veterinary staff determined a gunshot was the preliminary cause of death. Authorities say the eagle was likely tending its nest when someone shot it.

Law enforcement is offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible and is asking anyone with knowledge of what happened to contact the commission’s anti-poaching hotline .

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