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Eagle shot in Hancock County; Reward offered to find gunman

(Photo source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) (Photo source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A bald eagle in Hancock County is recovering from a gunshot wound, and wildlife officials are offering a reward to find the shooter.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials said the bald eagle was shot during the last week of March in Pearlington. The shooting may have occurred while the eagle was perched in a tree.

A passersby found the wounded eagle and took it to the Pet Haven Veterinary Hospital. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the eagle is on its way to a full recovery. It had a broken leg and damage to breast tissue where it was shot.

The animal underwent surgery and will need another six to eight weeks of treatment and rehab. Officials said the goal is to release it back into the wild.

Shooting an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act allows for a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to a conviction.

Any information on this incident should be provided to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Ben Bryant at (985) 882-3756, or the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks at 1-800-Be-Smart.

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