Reward Established To Protect Eagles

Thursday, January 15th 2009, 6:13 pm
By: News On 6

News On 6

TULSA, OK -- Catching someone harming a golden or bald eagle could earn you a reward.  The Department of Conservation and several other agencies, including the Tulsa Zoo have teamed up to prevent people from harming the majestic birds.

While the Bald Eagle isn't on the endangered species list any longer, it's still protected.  But, the Tulsa Zoo says that doesn't always stop people.

"Because there are more of them around and people are seeing them more, there are several instances where they are shot.  It's illegal.  I don't believe you can do it by accident," said Tulsa Zoo veterinarian Dr. Kay Backues.

The Tulsa Zoo and other groups around the state help rehabilitate injured eagles.  They hope the reward will make people think twice about hurting the birds.

Right now, the reward is $2,500 if the tip leads to an arrest and conviction.  The Tulsa Zoo is holding a fundraiser later this month, hoping to increase the reward.