These funds will add to those already contributed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and four other charities totaling $25,000.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has determined that the 13 eagles did not die of natural causes, including disease, and is now investigating human causes, such as possible poisoning, for the incident.
Another four bald eagles were found dead in Delaware this past weekend; another died soon after. Authorities do not yet know if the Maryland and Delaware cases are related. ABC’s reward offer also applies to the Delaware incident if it proves to be a criminal act.
Bald Eagles are federally protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Maximum fines for violations of those two acts are $100,000 and $15,000 respectively, and up to a year’s imprisonment.
Anyone with information should call Special Agent John LaCorte with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement in Cambridge, Md., at 410-228-2476, or the Maryland Natural Resources Police Hotline at 800-628-9944.