STUYVESANT–A camper and his dog rescued a young bald eagle hurt by a shotgun blast, October12.
Robert Hallsted and his dog, Loki, came upon the ailing bird as they returned to their campsite that night in the Nutten Hook State Unique Area.
Mr. Hallsted was able to capture the bird and turn it over to a wildlife rehabilitator.
It was taken to the Animal Hospital in Slingerlands for emergency care and rehabilitation. Examination of the juvenile eagle revealed it had been shot by a shotgun and suffered a broken wing and other injuries.
Officials seek the public’s assistance with the investigation into the shooting.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting, according to a press release.
Wildlife Service special agents and officers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation are investigating the case. Anyone with information about the shooting should contact Special Agent Jason Bak at 518 431-4341 or call the state DEC Poaching Hotline at 1-800-TIPP-DEC (1-800-847-7332). Callers may remain anonymous.
Bald eagles are protected by both federal and state law. Until 2007, bald eagles were protected under the Endangered Species Act. They are currently protected under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Maximum penalties under these statues are $100,000 and $15,000 respectively with possible imprisonment of up to one year.