U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigating shooting of golden eagle in Kearny County, Kansas

Apr 14, 2017

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The shooting of a golden eagle in northwest Kearny County is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

As The Garden City Telegram reports, a Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism officer found the golden eagle, which had a broken wing, on March 10 on road 270, approximately one half-mile west of Road G in northwest Kearny County. 

The eagle had to be euthanized. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes the golden eagle may have been shot several days prior to its recovery and that it may have been mistaken for a hawk.

Golden eagles are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a reward to anyone with information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible

Earlier this week, two western Kansas men were charged with killing a golden eagle found dead in Wallace County in December. They men each face up to a year in federal prison and a maximum fine of $100,000.