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Authorities need your help identifying bald eagle shooter

WIGGINS, MS (WLOX) -

Authorities are asking for your help in identifying the person, who shot a bald eagle in Wiggins. According the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP), the bald eagle was found in the Big Level Community near O'Neal Road and King Bee Road, southeast of Wiggins.

They are offering $2,500 as a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting the bird.

An investigation revealed the eagle was shot between January 9-19, 2013. Officials said the eagle couldn't have flown far from where it was shot due to its injuries.

Currently the eagle is undergoing rehab at the Wildlife Care Rescue Center.

Since bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the maximum penalty of violating the statutes carry fines up to $100,000 and/or one year in federal prison.

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