Bald Eagle Shot Down in Southeast Missouri

FEBRUARY 26, 2004 - Posted at 7:49 a.m. CDT

DEXTER, MO - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever shot a bald eagle in southeast Missouri.

State conservation agent Russell Duckworth was stopped a few weeks ago in the Dexter area by drivers who spotted a bald eagle that couldn't fly.

Officials found the bird near the Otter Slough conversation area.  It had one broken wing and shotgun pellets in the other wing.

Duckworth says three bald eagles have been shot in about one year's time in the same part of Stoddard County.

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