PHOTO: Oregon Officials Investigating Killing of Juvenile Bald Eagle

by Jon D. B.

Oregon Fish & Wildlife Troopers are on the hunt for the killer of a beautiful juvenile bald eagle, a state-protected species, and need the public’s help in capturing them.

By their Tuesday press release, Oregon State Police are asking for anyone with information on the poaching of a bald eagle to come forward. The plea comes days after a local citizen’s discovery of a juvenile baldie’s body. The young eagle was found dead and wasting in the Cox Butte area west of Junction City, Oregon.

Photographic evidence was presented after the citizen’s discovery on Nov. 30, 2021. But please be aware that the following image may be disturbing to some. OSP Fish & Wildlife’s Twitter may require your consent before displaying:

“Bald Eagles and other raptors are protected in Oregon,” cites OSP’s Dec. 14 press release. “They commonly inhabit the Willamette Valley and are an important part of the wildlife ecosystem.”

According to their report, “It is illegal to harass, injure or kill a Bald Eagle. The penalties for killing an eagle can be a maximum fine of $6250.00 and a sentence of up to a year in jail. Additionally, upon conviction, the court can order the person who illegally kills a Bald Eagle to pay an additional $5000.00 in damages.”

If you or any fellow Oregon Outsiders have information relating to this heinous poaching, please contact the Oregon State Police through the OSP TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP (677). You can also use their TIP E-Mail: [email protected].

When doing so, please reference Case #SP21335107.

Staunch Bald Eagle Protection Saved the Species from Brink of Extinction, and We Can Never Let Up

By vigilant protection and prosecution such as OSP’s latest case, the bald eagle species has become one of America’s greatest conservational success stories. But such conservation would never have been necessary if not for our deep failure to protect the raptors prior.

By 1963, only 417 known nesting pairs of bald eagles would remain in the lower 48 states. During this low, American conservationists rallied together; spurring decades of federal and state regulations to protect them.

Thanks to this wake-up call, North America’s bald eagle numbers would recover for the first time in centuries. By 2009, conservation would reach a peak, quadrupling the species’ reproduction by 2021, reports the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

America’s majestic symbol now flourishes in the lower 48 states alongside Alaska. By FWS’s numbers, more than 71,400 nesting pairs and a brilliant 316,700 individual bald eagles now keep the species fit to survive.

“The strong return of this treasured bird reminds us of our nation’s shared resilience and the importance of being responsible stewards of our lands and waters that bind us together,″ said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland amidst USFWS’s 2021 report.

Here’s to never letting up, Outsiders. And to do so, we must all remain vigilant when it comes to the heinous act of poaching; bald eagles or otherwise.