Reward offered for bald eagle killers
HARDIN (AP) - Federal officials are offering a $10,000 reward for information about people who killed and mutilated two bald eagles, including one found in Illinois.
The first eagle was found Jan. 10 near West Alton, a Missouri suburb of St. Louis. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials say the bird was decapitated and its feet and tail feathers were removed.
It was left on the side of a road.
Officials say another eagle was found shot Jan. 17 on a road near Hardin, an Illinois community about 60 miles north of St. Louis.
St. Louis-area residents John and Michele Hopkins contributed to the reward, bringing it to $5,000 per eagle.
Bald eagles are federally protected as a threatened species.
Anyone with information can call 217-793-9554.