ARLINGTON — Sarvey Wildlife Center is offering a $1,000 reward for information on who may have fatally shot a bald eagle.
The center got a call Wednesday from someone who reported hearing gunshots and seeing an eagle fall to the ground. It happened around 11:30 a.m. near Roosevelt Road and U.S. 2 near Snohomish, according to a news release.
Staff from Sarvey brought the eagle back to the center for medical care. One pellet still was embedded in its abdomen and there was additional damage related to the shot and fall. The eagle, about a year old, died overnight.
Eagles are federally protected. The reward is for information leading to prosecution of the shooter. Anyone with information is asked to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 425-883-8122 ext. 222 or the state Department of Fish and Wildlife at 360-902-2928.
Sarvey treated six animals that had been shot in 2017, and 13 in 2016. Among them were crows, waterfowl, a great horned owl, a great blue heron and a peregrine falcon.