Louisana Searching for Bald Eagle Poacher

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Office of Law Enforcement special agents are seeking information regarding the killing of a federally protected southern bald eagle. Agents believe the eagle was killed on or about Dec. 6 in the West Bank area of Jefferson Parish.

A concerned citizen contacted the LDWF dispatch office at 4:20 p.m. on Dec. 6 and reported finding a dead eagle behind the Mississippi River levee in the town of Waggaman in Jefferson Parish. LDWF Sgt. Eddie Skena responded to the area and discovered the illegally killed eagle. The eagle was delivered to the USFWS and will be forensically tested for cause of death.

The southern bald eagle is listed on the Endangered Species list, and fines up to $100,000 may be imposed for shooting or injuring the bird. Anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the guilty party is eligible for significant cash rewards.

Anyone with information may call Special Agent Stephen Clark at the USFWS office in LaCombe at 985-882-3756, the LDWF Operation Game Thief Hotline at 800-442-2511 or Cpt. Brian Clark at the LDWF Region 8 Enforcement Office at 504-282-4375.

For more information, contact Lt. Col. Keith LaCaze at 225-765-2988 or [email protected].