An American Bald Eagle was shot and killed in Michigan last month, the state’s Department of Natural Resources said.
The eagle was found in a tree in Grant Township on March 1, 9&10 News in Michigan reported.
The culprit has not been identified. But to help authorities find the suspected poacher, a group of local sportsmen are offering a $400 reward “for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person that’s responsible,” the news station said.
Bald eagles are federally protected; anyone who wounds, traps or kills the bird can face hefty fines and prison time. For instance, one Virginia man was fined $100,000 after he pleaded guilty last summer to killing a bald eagle because he was “upset it had been hunting and taking fish from a pond located on his property,” ABC News reported at the time.
A spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources was not available for comment when contacted by Fox News on Tuesday.