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Wildlife Authorities Offering Rewards For Info On Bald Eagle Shooting In Peru, Maine

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Authorities are seeking the public's help as they investigate the shooting of a bald eagle found Sunday in the western Maine town of Peru.

Maine Warden spokesperson Corporal John MacDonald says the eagle was taken to a wild bird rehabilitation facility "where it was looked at, and also X-rayed, and that X-ray did reveal that there was evidence of it having been shot."

The eagle died at the rehab facility. MacDonald says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $2500 reward for information leading to conviction. Maine Operation Game Thief is offering an additional $2000.

MacDonald says Maine wardens investigate an eagle shooting about once a year. He says that while the bald eagle population in Maine is doing well and has been growing steadily over the past two decades, "they still are, you know, sensitive, and any incident like this we take very, very seriously."

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.