DEC investigates illegal shooting of bald eagle in Broome County

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DEC is investigating an illegal bald eagle shooting reported out of Broome County.

On April 3, ECOs received a complaint about an unknown individual shooting a duck or goose. ECO McCormick responded, and upon investigation, determined the shot bird was a bald eagle.

A forensic examination determined the eagle was shot by a high caliber rifle.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward of up to $5,000 to eligible individuals for information that significantly furthers this investigation or leads to enforcement action against the person or persons who shot the bald eagle.

The eagle is believed to have been perched in a tree on the edge of a field near 1022 Nanticoke road in the town of Nanticoke, about seven miles south of Whitney Point.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact:

  • Environmental Conservation Officer McCormick: (607) 621-3464
  • Special Agent Bessey with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Amherst: (716) 691-3635, x205
  • 1-844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477)

Although bald eagles are no longer listed as federally endangered, these birds remain protected under the New York State Environmental Conservation Law and the federal Migratory Bird Treaty and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection acts.

Maximum fines are $15,000 and $100,000, respectively, with possible imprisonment up to one year

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