|Updated: 5/17/2013 12:29 pm
||Published: 5/17/2013 9:14 am
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife are trying to find out who killed a young bald eagle.
The bird was found mutilated in Sequoyah County, on a sidewalk outside a Motel 6 in Sallisaw in March. Officers told FOX23 someone removed the eagle's talons along with the tail feathers and several primary wing feathers.
The bald eagle is a federally protected bird by the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Oklahoma Wildlife Statute. These laws say that it is illegal to kill, harass, disturb or otherwise harm bald eagles.
A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.
If you have any information, contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement Office at 405-715-0617 or the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-522-8039.