A bald eagle died overnight after being found shot Wednesday near Snohomish, Washington, according to our affiliate KOMO.
KOMO on Friday reported the Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, which rescues and treats native wildlife, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of the person responsible for the bird's death.
A veteran in Shelton agreed to match the reward Thursday afternoon, bringing the total to $2,000.
“Somebody knows something, so we would sure like to help,” Sarvey Executive Director Suzanne West said. “Shooting a bald eagle makes absolutely no sense. It’s a completely senseless crime.”
The center received a call Wednesday from someone who said they heard shots fired and saw a bald eagle fall to the ground.
The incident reportedly happened about 11:30 a.m. local time Wednesday near Roosevelt Road and U.S. Route 2 between Monroe and Snohomish.
WA Fish & Wildlife has no leads in bald eagle shooting. Asking for our help. Killing a bald eagle is state & federal crime carrying up to year in jail. Bird was shot near Hwy 2 btw Monroe & Snohomish. Wildlife rescue also offering $1,000 reward. #komonews pic.twitter.com/dSkSgwUhTt— Gabe Cohen (@GabeCohenKOMO) January 18, 2018
Staff were able to find the eagle and take it back to their facility for medical care. The eagle later died overnight from internal injuries.
Staff confirmed the eagle was shot and that one pellet was still embedded in the eagle's body. They believe the shooter used a shotgun.
“It’s senseless, it’s needless,” Sarvey’s Clinic Manager Jessie Paolello said. “These animals serve a purpose in our community.”
The Care Center asks that anyone with helpful information contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Washington’s Department of Fish & Wildlife says they don’t have any strong leads right now and are hoping for tips from the public.
Killing a bald eagle is a state and federal crime which can carry a $10,000 fine and up to a year in jail, according to the U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife.
Tips can be reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 425-883-8122 ext. 222 or to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife at 360-902-2928.