Investigators offering $6,000 reward after bald eagle shot dead

The bald eagle was shot. Now, a $6,000 reward is being offered. (Source: Arkansas Game and Fish Commission)
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MONTICELLO (WDBJ7) -- Authorities are offering a reward of up to $6,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person(s) responsible for shooting a bald eagle.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service along with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) are conducting a joint investigation after a mature bald eagle was found dead in Drew County March 28.

According to the AGFC, the eagle was found near Tennessee Spur Road, west of Monticello and transferred to Little Rock Zoo, where veterinary staff determined the cause of death was from a gunshot wound. Authorities believe the eagle was tending to its nest at the time of its death.

If anyone has information about the incident, is asked to call the AGFC's Stop Poaching Hotline at 800-482-9262.