Pa. Game Commission asks for public's help after bald eagle is found shot, killed

Kevin Wright
July 27, 2019 - 12:25 pm

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ERIE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Pennsylvania Game Commission is asking for the public's help as they search for the person responsible in the shooting death of a bald eagle in Erie County. 

The commission took to Facebook yesterday saying the eagle had been found dead inside of an Elk Creek Township graveyard on July 25.

This wouldn't be the first incident out of Erie County where a bald eagle was gunned down.

In October of 2018, the Burlington County Times reported that 77-year-old Daniel Haddix pleaded guilty to fatally shooting and killing a bald eagle in McKean Township, just over 15 miles from Elk Creek Township.

Haddix was fined $200 and ordered to pay $2,500 in restitution and other court costs. 

The Pennsylvania Game Commission lists the current status of the bald eagle as being protected under the Game and Wildlife Code.

"Although no longer listed as endangered or threatened, the bald eagle is protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Protection Treaty Act," according to the Game Commission.

The commission is asking anyone with information on the July 25 shooting to please call Game Commission's Northwest Region Office at 814-432-3187 or the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-888-PGC-8001.