A $2,500 reward has been announced, and still no one has come forward with information on who may have shot and killed a bald eagle.
In his three years as a conservation officer for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Evan Ethington has never had to deal with something like this: a bald eagle, dead from a gunshot.
"Autopsy results show that the bullet traveled upward, through the chest cavity of the eagle, which means it was quite a deliberate pointing the riffle up and taking aim at that bird, that's pretty evident," says Ethington.
Ethington doesn't think it was an accident. After getting the autopsy results, he believes that someone was driving along Paradise Road in Grand Rivers when they spotted the eagle up in a tree and took a shot.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Capt. Garry Clark says he doesn't understand why someone would take aim at a bald eagle.
"It kind of makes you mad in a way that someone would do something like this," says Clark.
"Now that we found out exactly what killed it, it's really making people wonder why," says Ethington.
With a $2,500 reward, they hope to find out just that.
The death is being investigated by both the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
If you have any information on the killing, contact a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent at 270-252-7336 or Ethington at 270-890-3300.
Killing or harming a bald eagle is a federal offense. You could face up to one year in prison and $100,000 in fines.