Casey Mullen, Wildlife Officer, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency holds a dead bald eagle found shot in Cumberland County Tennessee on Feb 18, 2011. This is the second bald eagle killed in Tennessee in less than a month. The birds were found 30 miles apart.Photo by Meredith Mullen for the TWRA
A second dead bald eagle found in Cumberland County has pushed a reward for information to $17,000 for information leading to a conviction, Tennessee wildlife officials said Tuesday in a news release.
The second bird was found in the Crab Orchard community near Crab Orchard School in Cumberland County, according to a release from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The first bird was found dead in late February about a mile east of state Highway 101 and Big Springs Gap Road in Bledsoe County.
The reward for information has been boosted to $8,500 in each investigation, officials said.
Anyone with information about the Cumberland County eagle shooting should call TWRA special agent John Rayfield at 615-736-5532 or Cumberland County Wildlife Officer Casey Mullen with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at 800-262-6704.
Anyone with information about the eagle found in Bledsoe County should call special agent Bo Stone at 865-692-4024, or Bledsoe County Wildlife Officer Mark Patterson with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at 800-262-6704.
Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...