|Published: 9:09 AM, 05/28/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the shooting
of two bald eagles in Eastern Tennessee, including one in Monroe
County earlier this month.
A reward of up to $22,000 ($11,000 per
eagle/responsible subject) is being offered for information leading
to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting
these eagles, wildlife officials said in a statement issued this past
"It's really a mystery to us why
someone would pick out the symbol of America and shoot at it," TWRA
Public Information Officer Dan Hicks told The Advocate & Democrat.
Hicks said this is the fourth reported
shooting of a bald eagle in East Tennessee in about a year and the
most recent shootings now have the rewards offered for information
that solves the cases.
Sometime during the first week of May,
injured bald eagle was found in the area of Tellico Lake along the
Tellico River arm in Monroe County.
Wildlife officials said the eagle was
found on Scenic River Road where it crosses the land bridge
approximately 3.4 miles from the intersection of Ball Play Road and
thenth of a mile from the Clear Water Cove Subdivision. An
examination by a veterinarian at the University of Tennessee
Veterinary Hospital determined the eagle had been shot. It survived
the shooting and is recovering at the American Eagle Foundation in
See full story in the Sunday, May 26, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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