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Reward in probe of shooting of bald eagle in NJ

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Federal, state, and humane organizations are offering $7,500 in rewards in the case of the shooting of bald eagle in New Jersey.

Someone shot a bald eagle in in Bridgeton City Park back in May, authorities said. The badly wounded bird was found May 20, 2014. Its wounds were so severe that it had to be euthanized.

"Killing a bald eagle is a serious crime and we urge anyone with information about this case to come forward," said Catherine Hibbard, a spokeswoman for the USFWS.

The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever shot the eagle. That is in addition to the $2,500 reward from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife.

"This senseless shooting of our national symbol is a serious crime and we are appalled at the blatant disregard of their survival," said Nicole Paquette, a VP with the HSUS, in a statement. "We are grateful to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife for their diligent efforts to bring the offender to justice."

Bald eagles are no longer on the endangered species list but killing them is illegal under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

If you have any information, please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 908-787-1321 or the N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife at 856-629-0555.

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