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FWC probing bald eagle slaying; reward offered

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By The Staff

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is appealing to the public for information about a bald eagle found dead Wednesday afternoon in a burrow pit in the Apalachicola National Forest.

FWC Law Enforcement Officer Charlie Mallow found the immature eagle in a pit off Forest Road 13 in Wakulla County. Someone with a rifle apparently shot the bird once.

“At this point, we don’t know if the eagle was shot there or somewhere else and dumped in the pit,” said investigator Charlie Chafin. “Officers have spoken to one person who was at the burrow pit Tuesday afternoon, and he advised the bird wasn’t there.”

Both the FWC, through the Wildlife Alert Reward Program, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering rewards for information leading to the arrest of those involved. The FWS requires both an arrest and a conviction before it can pay a reward.

The Wildlife Alert hotline number is 888-404-3922.