Operation Game Thief is offering $1,000 to anyone who has information about the killing of a bald eagle in Hermon this week.
The Maine Warden Service discovered a young bald eagle in Hermon near Hermon Pond and the Souadababscook Stream early this week that had been shot.
“There’s no open hunting season on them obviously and we don’t want people shooting bald eagles,” said Lt. Dan Scott with the Maine Warden Service.
Wardens say the eagle couldn’t have been more than a year old.
“Somebody apparently shot the bird resulting in its death. So we are reaching out to the public in order to gain information on who may have done such an act,” said Scott.
Shooting a bald eagle is punishable by up to nearly a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.
“The bald eagle was a previously listed threatened species in the state of Maine. Although it’s been delisted, their numbers are still obviously of concern and the bird is still protected,” Scott Explained.
Our photo-journalist recognized the eagle as similar to a bird he photographed at Hermon Pond last February. Wardens say it’s likely the same bird — there were only two young eagles in that area.
“Eagles are fishers and at lot of times people have ponds with a lot of fish in them.”
Operation Game Thief is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who has information about the eagle that leads to an arrest. The number to call is 1-800-ALERT-US.