ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is teaming up with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to capture the person who shot a bald eagle. Each is offering a $1,000 reward for a total reward of $2,000.
The wounded bald eagle just died, Action News has learned.
He was recovering at St. Johns Veterinary Hospital. According to the veterinarian who cared for the eagle, it had been depressed and weak, which could be a sign of lead toxicity.
"The X-ray determined that the bird had been shot with buckshot," a veterinarian said.
The bald eagle was spotted on the side of the road near Hargrove Grade and Hargrove Lane in Palm Coast on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
The bird was transported to St. Johns Emergency Center the next day, then transferred to St. Johns Veterinary Hospital.
Shooting or harming a bald eagle is a federal offense, punishable by jail time.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is teaming up with U.S. Fish and Wildlife to offer a reward. Betweeen both groups, $2,000 is up for grabs in exchange for information. It's a mystery everyone wants to solve.
"It's a very heinous, senseless crime. It's a national bird. It's a great symbol of our country," Officer Lee Lawshe with FWCC said.