An eagle in its nest in the Town of Fenton on March 27, 2016. [WNBF News][/caption]Federal and state investigators are continuing their efforts to find the person who shot a bald eagle near Chenango Valley State Park.
Six months ago, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service posted a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the killing of an a mature bald eagle.
Authorities said at the time the eagle was found in Chenango Valley State Park off Route 369. An examination of the bird revealed it had been shot and killed a day or two before it was discovered.
Jason Bak, a special agent with the federal agency in Albany, told WNBF News Monday that the case remains unsolved.
Bak said there were a couple of inquiries after the reward was announced but he had received no tips.
Bak said it can be difficult to find those who kill protected birds because there often are no eyewitnesses.
Although bald eagles no longer are listed under the Endangered Species Act, they continue to be federal protected. They are covered by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Maximum fines under these acts are $15,000 and $100,000. Those found to have violated the acts also could be sentenced to up to one year in prison.
People with information about the Broome County eagle killing may call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 518.431.4341.
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