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May 22, 2013

Reward Offered in Bald Eagle Shooting in Allegheny Township, Pa.

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the illegal shooting of a mature bald eagle in Allegheny Township.

According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, on May 10, a concerned citizen found an injured bald eagle in the vicinity of Lincoln and Sharpe roads in Allegheny Township. The bird later died of the injuries in a state vet laboratory in State College. A necropsy revealed that the eagle had suffered at least one gunshot wound.

“We are appalled at this kind of cruel disregard for a threatened species here in our state,” said Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for The HSUS. “We are so thankful for the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s tireless work to investigate this crime and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Bald eagles are classified as a threatened species in the state of Pennsylvania and they are protected by state and federal law.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the PGC’s Southwest Regional office at 724-238-9523 or the TIP Hotline number at 1-888-PGC-8001. Anyone providing information leading to the arrest of the shooter or shooters may be eligible for an additional monetary reward provided by the PGC.

Poaching:

  • Wildlife officials estimate that nationwide, tens of millions of animals are killed illegally each year.
  • It is estimated that only 1 percent to 5 percent of poached animals come to the attention of law enforcement.
  • Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
  • The HSUS and HSWLT work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to arrest and conviction of suspected poachers.

The HSUS recently doubled its standard poaching reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from HSUS board member Cathy Kangas and her husband Ed Kangas of New Canaan, Conn.

Visit humanesociety.org/poaching for more information.

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson; 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We're there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty – on the Web at humanesociety.org.

Since 1993 the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, alone or in partnership with other conservation groups, has participated in the protection of more than 3.6 million acres of wildlife habitat in 38 states, including 172 in Pennsylvania, and nine foreign countries. On all properties owned by the Trust or protected by the Trust's conservation easement, both here and abroad, we prohibit recreational and commercial hunting and trapping and restrict logging and development. The Trust's commitment to these principles will never change as we continue to assist caring landowners to make their property permanent, safe homes for wildlife. Join our online community at wildlifelandtrust.org.

 

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