Federal authorities are seeking tips from the public as part of an effort to find the person responsible for shooting a bald eagle in Cowley County earlier this spring.
The bird was found March 17 in a section of property located near 66th Rd. and 281st Rd., about four miles north of Cambridge, according to a statement released Tuesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The property where the eagle was found has a pond and dam located on it.
It was discovered on the ground near the dam, not far from a tree where it was typically observed by the property owner. Wounds on the bird indicate it was shot a few days prior to its discovery.
Bald eagles are protected by state and federal law, including the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Federal authorities said the shooting of any eagle is considered a violation of those acts and is thus a serious crime.
Anyone with information regarding the shooting of the eagle near Cambridge is asked to call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement at (402) 419-4855. The service will pay for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
Anyone providing information can remain anonymous.
Information can also be reported to the Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourismís Game Thief Hotline at 877-426-3843.