‘Heinous crime’: Texas officials investigate 2 bald eagles shot, killed

Texas Game Wardens are searching for the person responsible for shooting and killing two bald eagles in Nacogdoches County in late October. According to Game Warden Sean Reneau, civil restitution on an eagle is just below a $12,000 charge.

Reneau told MySA that he responded to the call after a landowner found two dead eagles on his property. He said the landowner didn’t hear any shots fired, but investigators believe the shooting occurred around October 28 on County Road 283 in Nacogdoches County.

Texas Game Wardens are searching for the person responsible for shooting and killing two bald eagles in Nacogdoches County in October.

Texas Game Wardens are searching for the person responsible for shooting and killing two bald eagles in Nacogdoches County in October.

Texas Game Wardens

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, bald eagles are protected as the bird is a threatened species, which prohibits anyone from taking, possessing, or transporting a bald eagle or golden eagle, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such birds without prior authorization.

Habitat loss and pesticide intake over the past 200 years are the factors most consistently associated with declines in bald eagle populations with the ultimate threat to the bird being people, according to the TPWD. 

Killing a bald eagle is a charge that is just below $12,000, according to the Texas Game Wardens.

Killing a bald eagle is a charge that is just below $12,000, according to the Texas Game Wardens.

Texas Game Wardens

“I’ve been a game warden for 26 years and I’ve encountered these cases a few times,” Reneau said. “This heinous crime sadly happens more often than you would think.”

On top of the civil restitution charge, Reneau said the person responsible also faces charges of firing from a public roadway, which is a Class A misdemeanor that leads up to a $4,000 fine.

Reneau said they have not made any arrests as of Tuesday, November 15. For those who have any tips or information on the eagles, Reneau said to call the Operation Game Thief line at  800-792-GAME (4263).

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