$2,000 reward offered in Wyoming golden eagle poisoning case

February 25, 2020 GMT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Federal investigators want help from the public as they try to find out who poisoned a golden eagle and ravens in southwest Wyoming four years ago.

They’re offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to a conviction.

The golden eagle and four ravens were found dead southwest of Wamsutter in 2016. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday investigators also found poison-laced baits in the remote area of interspersed private and U.S. Bureau of Land Management lands.

Investigators say the case is unrelated to the 2018 poisoning deaths of three dogs, a bald eagle and dozens of other birds in the Dubois area. The Fish and Wildlife Service and Wyoming Game and Fish Department are offering rewards up to $7,000 in that case.

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Golden eagles are federally protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. A person who kills one illegally can get up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.