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Reward for info on eagle shootings goes up to $20,250

By KIRK BOXLEITNER
Arlington Times Reporter
January 31, 2013 · 2:12 PM
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ARLINGTON — The Department of Fish and Wildlife's reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter of four bald eagles, found dead east of Granite Falls on Jan. 9, now totals $20,250.

Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Jennifer Maurstad explained that the Campbell Group Timber Company contributed $6,500 to the reward, after the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians had already donated $10,000 to the original reward amount of $3,750 raised by not only her own department, but also the Humane Society and Conservation Northwest.

"Unfortunately, we don't really have any new information at this time," Maurstad said. "We are still confident that someone knows something, or saw something, so no matter how insignificant they might think it is, we'd appreciate any information, and we're asking them to do the right thing and report it."

In addition to being a misdemeanor under federal law, killing an eagle is also a state crime, with a maximum penalty of $1,000 and 90 days in jail, as well as a $2,000 fine per eagle.

To report any information related to the deaths of these eagles, call 1-877-933-9847 or email reportpoaching@dfw.wa.gov.

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