The Arizona Game and Fish Department's Operation Game Thief program is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of a dead bald eagle found by a hiker Nov. 21 in the Tucson Mountains.
The eagle carcass was found in a paper bag with rocks piled on top. It was located on a mountainside approximately 300 yards north of the Tucson Mountain Park parking area atop Gates Pass, where it may have been killed. The eagle’s tail and primary feathers had been removed, along with the feet.
Game and Fish officials believe the eagle was dead a few days before being discovered. Individuals with information about the case are urged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700, anonymously if need be, and reference OGT # 11-001867. Information may also be provided online at http://www.azgfd.gov/ogt_form.shtml .
The bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 2007.