May 10, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Carol Senechal, 757-619-4343
EAGLE ON ALLIANCE REWARD FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE DEATH OF ‘CAMELLIA” INCREASES TO $1,000.00
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is leading the investigation
Norfolk, Virginia – As reported yesterday, a bald eagle that was born in Norfolk, Virginia at Norfolk Botanical Garden in 2010 was found shot near the corner of Benefit and West Roads in Chesapeake. This beloved eagle known to his followers as Camellia was followed from birth on the NBG Eagle Cam.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is leading the investigation into the eagle shooting. Anyone with information that would be helpful to the investigation is encouraged to contact the Service’s wildlife crime hotline at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1- 844-FWS-TIPS (397-8477).
Eagle On Alliance has now raised $1,000 as a reward for information leading to a conviction of those responsible.
If you would like to donate to our reward fund, please DONATE at the top of this page and note “reward” in comments.
Bald eagles are protected under federal law according to the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The Act prohibits “the take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit.” The definition of “take” includes pursuit, hunting, killing, capture, and disturbance of bald eagles.
First time violation of the act can result in one year of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $100,000 for individuals/$200,000 for an organization. Subsequent violations are treated as felonies—a maximum fine of $250,000 or two years of imprisonment.
Photo of Camellia by Shirley Yanello and used with her permission.