SALLISAW, Okla. - Federal and state authorities are offering a reward after an American bald eagle was found dead and mutilated in Sallisaw.
Wildlife officials say the eagle was found on the sidewalk of the Motel 6 in Sallisaw in late March. The talons, tail feathers and wing feathers had been removed.
A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information which leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death and mutilation of the eagle.
"Bald eagles are protected by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Oklahoma Wildlife Statute. Under these laws, a person may not kill, harass, disturb or otherwise harm bald eagles," officials of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in a press release.
Anyone with information concerning the death of the bald eagle is asked to contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement at 405 715-0617 or Operation Game Thief at 1 800-522-8039.