Second bald eagle in region found shot in Cumberland County

Second bald eagle in region found shot in Cumberland County

March 8th, 2011 by Ben Benton in Local - Breaking News

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.

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.