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Authorities investigating bald eagle shot dead in Arkansas

April 5, 2019 GMT
In this undated photo provided by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, shows a Bald Eagle that was shot and killed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are conducting a joint investigation into the death of the mature bald eagle found in Drew County, Arkansas, on March 28, 2019. A reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information involved in this case is encouraged to contact the AGFC's Stop Poaching Hotline at 800-482-9262. All calls to the hotline will be kept confidential. (Arkansas Game and Fish Commission via AP)
In this undated photo provided by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, shows a Bald Eagle that was shot and killed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission are conducting a joint investigation into the death of the mature bald eagle found in Drew County, Arkansas, on March 28, 2019. A reward of up to $6,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. Anyone with information involved in this case is encouraged to contact the AGFC's Stop Poaching Hotline at 800-482-9262. All calls to the hotline will be kept confidential. (Arkansas Game and Fish Commission via AP)

MONTICELLO, Ark. (AP) — Federal and state authorities are investigating the death of a bald eagle that was found shot in southeast Arkansas last month.

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says the adult bird was found dead on March 28 near a road west of Monticello, a community about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Little Rick.

The female eagle was taken to the Little Rock Zoo where veterinary staff determined a gunshot was the preliminary cause of death. Authorities say the eagle was likely tending its nest when someone shot it.

Law enforcement is offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible and is asking anyone with knowledge of what happened to contact the commission’s anti-poaching hotline .