Bald Eagle Shot Down in Poinsett County

FEBRUARY 16, 2006 - Posted at 2:29 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, AR - Game wardens with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission are investigating the shooting of a bald eagle in Poinsett County.

According to game warden Larry Williams, someone found a wounded bald eagle standing in the road on Highway 214 east of Harrisburg Monday afternoon.  Williams was notified of the wounded bird, and he captured the animal and took it to Jonesboro veteranarian Archie Ryan, whom he described as the commission's local "bird rehabilitator."

Williams described the bird as an "immature" eagle suffering from shotgun pellet wounds, and Ryan is treating the animal for an infection.  He said he suspects the animal was probably shot over the weekend, as "there was quite a bit of hunting activity over the weekend in Poinsett County."

Eagles are protected by federal law, and it is a violation to shoot them.  Williams said a $3,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting the bird.  Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Game & Fish Commission's Jonesboro office at 972-5438.