THIBODAUX, La. -- A reward is being offered by officials to find the person responsible for poisoning two bald eagles.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are investigating the deaths of two bald eagles in the Thibodaux area. The birds were found in a field about 50 yards from Martinez Road, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
'Testing revealed the eagles had ingested large amounts of poison in late March or early April. X-rays performed on the eagles confirmed they were not shot,' said a statement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
A reward of $3,500 is being offered leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for killing the eagles.
The birds are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act -- federal and state wildlife statutes. Killing the eagles carries maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 fine and one year in prison.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Lafayette Office of Law Enforcement at 337-291-3036 or call the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Law Enforcement at 800-442-2511.