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Update: Reward Increased in Eagle Shooting Case
05/14/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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With the help of The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, a reward of up to $2500 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the late April shooting and injuring of a bald eagle in the Dibblee Point Beach area near Rainier. Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers are continuing the investigation and have followed up on tips that came in following the initial appeal earlier this week.
 
On April 30, 2010 two horseback riders found the injured eagle near the western portion of Dibblee Point Beach located on the Columbia River near Rainier. Two OSP troopers responded to the scene, found the eagle and used a blanket to contain and capture it.
 

The troopers took the large female eagle to the Wildlife Center of the North Coast (WCNC) for a physical evaluation. WCNC Director Sharnelle Fee said digital radiographs conducted at Bayshore Animal Hospital revealed the eagle was shot and that nearly three dozen shotgun BBs were found throughout its body, including about seven in its head. One of the BBs was near the eagle's eye and may cause vision problems.
 

Fee believes the eagle probably would not have been able to travel very far with the injuries it sustained. On Wednesday, the eagle was flying and perching on the highest perch of their big outside conditioning flight pen. On Thursday, the eagle was taken to a veterinarian eye specialist in Portland where it was determined the trauma from the shotgun BBs caused loss of vision in the eagle's left eye. Fee said the damage cannot be surgically repaired and it most likely will not improve.
 
Otherwise, Fee said the mature female bald eagle is healthy and will be given additional time in their flight cage to see how she adjusts to her vision impairment. Questions for WCNC can be directed to Fee at (503) 338-0331 or director@coastwildlife.org.
 
Anyone with information to help in this investigation is asked to contact Trooper Schwartz at (503) 397-0325 ext. 42.
 
Questions regarding the HSUS reward can be directed to Liz Bergstrom, Humane Society of the United States, at (240) 751-0659, or ebergstrom@humanesociety.org.  The view their release, go to www.humanesociety.org/poaching.