Published Oct 23, 2013
On Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the Maine Warden Service (MWS) asked for the public's help in gathering information about the shooting of a bald eagle, which was killed in the area of Maine's Hermon Pond near the Souadabscook Stream.
Shooting a bald eagle is a federal offense, punishable by up to a year in jail and $100,000 in fines.
Inititally a $1,000 reward was offered by Operation Game Thief (OGT) for information leading to an arrest of the person or persons responsible for shooting the eagle.
Over the weekend, MWS was contacted by John Banks of the Penobscot Nation. Mr. Banks indicated that the Penobscot Nation is extremely concerned about bald eagles in Maine. Therefore, the Penobscot Nation has increased the reward by $1000 -- making the total reward $2,000 -- for information leading to the arrest of whomever shot the bald eagle in Hermon last week.
Anyone with information regarding the incident can report information online here or they may call Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-ALERT US.
Operation Game Thief is a poaching hotline which offers rewards for information leading to arrests for illegal hunting and fishing activities. Callers are able to remain anonymous while still reporting their information and collecting reward money. As we enter into another busy fall hunting season, people are encouraged to report illegal hunting activity that is known to them.
The fish and wildlife resources of Maine belong to the people of Maine and poachers are stealing from all citizens who enjoy our unique natural resources. Do your part to ensure those resources are abundant for your children and your children's children and report illegal hunting today.
Tags: Hiking, News, Crime, Appalachian Trail Clubs, and Maine Appalachian Trail Club
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