Reward offered after bald eagle shot in Tenn.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Wildlife authorities are offering a reward for information leading them to the person who shot a bald eagle that was found this week in Hardeman County.

Bubba Spencer, a conservation officer who works for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, told The Commercial Appeal that the eagle was found along Highway 125 near Silerton on Monday and taken to a veterinarian in Memphis with a broken wing.

The eagle will undergo surgery and has a good chance of survival but will not be released back into the wild.

Spencer said several organizations have chipped in for a reward, which is now up to about $7,500. A federal law allows fines of up to $10,000 and a maximum of 1 year in prison for intentionally killing bald eagles.

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