Eagle's death under investigation $2,000 reward offered
Houston County Courier - December 2007
By Daphne Hereford
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens are investigating the recent death of an American Bald Eagle that was dumped on the grounds of the Eastham Prison Unit.
According to Game Warden Zak Benge, the body of the male eagle was found on the 13,000-acre prison farm on Friday, Nov. 30.
Benge said the person or persons responsible for the death of the protected bird could face both state and federal charges with fines up to $3,000.
He added that the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Law Enforcement division, through Operation Game Thief, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
In addition, Houston County Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.
"Anyone providing information in this case will remain anonymous," Benge said.
Anyone with information can report it through the Crime Stoppers tip-line at 545-Tips or on the website at www.545-Tips.com.
Tips can also be provided through the Operation Game Thief Reward Hotline at (800) 792-GAME.
In addition Benge said he could be reached directly at (936) 465-4689 and Game Warden Eddie Lehr at 546-1283.