The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $1,000 reward leading to arrests and convictions of the person or people responsible for the shooting of a bald eagle near Lincoln.
Special Agent Mark Webb is asking for the public's help in finding those responsible.
Webb says the young eagle had bullet wounds to its neck and a broken wing when found. It was taken to the Raptor Recovery Center of Nebraska for treatment and is recovering there.
Webb says judging from the shrapnel, it appears some sort of rifle or pistol was used in the shooting.
Center Director Betsy Finch said the bird's wing is healing but some shrapnel is still lodged in its neck. The eagle will likely be released into the wild, possibly this fall.
Bald eagles are listed as a threatened species and are protected by three federal laws. People convicted of shooting bald eagles can face up to a $100,000 fine and a year in prison.
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