Somebody shot and killed a bald eagle exterior of Damaged Arrow, Okla., and officers within the state are trying to find the chicken’s killer.
The Oklahoma Sport Wardens posted photographs of the slain eagle to Fb on Friday, igniting a whole lot of outraged feedback. A passerby is credited with discovering the eagle — the U.S. Nationwide Emblem and the official nationwide chicken since 1782 — on the facet of a highway in rural McCurtain County on Dec. 27.
“Warden Kenny Lawson collected the eagle and a rifle casing as proof,” the submit states. “The veteran recreation warden reported that the bald eagle had certainly been shot out of a tree overhanging the highway.”
It’s unlawful to kill a bald eagle within the U.S. due to the Bald and Golden Eagle Safety Act of 1940, in response to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The act gives safety for the birds by prohibiting hurt of any type, sale, buy or disruption of nests or eggs. Violating the act may lead to civil penalties of a $5,000 to $10,000 effective and as much as two years in jail or felony penalties that would carry a $250,000 effective or two years of imprisonment.
Bald Eagles are not thought of an endangered animal however the act ensures that crimes in opposition to them nonetheless carry extreme penalties.
“Any manner you have a look at it, it is irresponsible, it is fallacious and it is unlawful,” warden Inform Judkins informed KXII in Texas.
And plenty of Fb commenters agreed.