Benefit In Tulsa To Help Protect Eagles

Thursday, January 29th 2009, 9:37 pm
By: News On 6

News On 6

TULSA, OK -- People gathered in downtown Tulsa on Thursday night to help protect a symbol of American freedom. 

They enjoyed some drinks, food and live music at Lola's Restaurant.  They were raising money for a special reward fund.  Several agencies, including the Tulsa Zoo, banded together to create the fund which pays $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of someone hurting or killing a golden or bald eagle.

"This is our national symbol. They're federally protected. They're not a game species.  You don't shoot one by accident," said Tulsa Zoo Veterinarian, Dr. Kay Backues.

Dr. Backues says several eagles are shot in Oklahoma every year.  She's hoping this reward fund will make people think twice before taking aim at an eagle in the future.