CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials are offering up to a $22,000 reward for information leading to convictions in the shooting of two bald eagles in eastern Tennessee.
One of the eagles was shot near Soddy-Daisy in March and the other was shot near Madisonville this month. Both survived and are recovering at the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge.
Bald eagles are protected under federal law. Violations can carry penalties of up to $100,000 and a year in prison.
The reward money has been donated by the American Eagle Foundation, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust
"Once every couple years, we get reports of an eagle that's been shot or killed illegally, and for the life of us, we can't understand why someone would want to do that, but it does happen," said Matthew Cameron of TWRA.
"And when it does we're going to try to prosecute somebody to the fullest extent of the law."
Anybody with information is asked to call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at (865) 692-4024 or the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at (800) 262-6704.