According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, four golden eagles were found dead in the Lahontan Valley between Fallon and Lahontan Reservoir. An investigation indicated the eagles had been shot.
“Poachers callously disregard the laws in place to protect wildlife,” said Holly Haley, Nevada state director for the HSUS. “The Humane Society of the United States thanks the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for working tirelessly to bring wildlife violators to justice.”
Shooting an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Penalties for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act can include up to two years in jail and a $250,000 fine. Penalties for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act include up to six months in jail and a $15,000 fine per bird.
Wildlife officials estimate that for each of the tens of millions of wild animal killed legally each year, another is killed illegally. Every year thousands of poachers are arrested nationwide, however it is estimated that law enforcement discovers only between 1 and 5 percent of poached animals.
Poachers injure or kill wildlife anytime, anywhere and sometimes do so in particularly cruel ways. Wildlife officials report that poachers often commit other crimes as well.
Anyone with information about the eagle deaths should contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement at 775-861-6360. For more information, visit http://humanesociety.org/poaching.