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8:23 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Bald Eagle Found Dead at Sallisaw Motel

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officers are working to learn the circumstances under which a bald eagle died.

Officials said Friday the dead eagle was found at a motel in Sallisaw.

Fort Smith television station KHBS reports that investigators say the raptor's talons and tail feathers had been removed. Feathers from the eagle's wings were also gone.

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered for information leading to a conviction in the death and mutilation of the eagle.

Investigators say the bird was about 3 years old — a juvenile. It is now yet known how the bird died.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Eagles are protected under federal law.