Authorities seek information in illegal dumping of bald eagle feet

Federal authorities are offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the charging of the party responsible for dumping the feet of eight raptors, including four bald eagles, in a residential area near Woodbury.

The remains were discovered along the west side of Cherry Lane, approximately 500 feet south of Lake Road in Woodbury, according to a news release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bald eagles and other raptors are fully protected by federal law. The maximum penalty for the unlawful take or possession of a bald eagle or bald eagle parts under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act is one year imprisonment and/or a $100,000 fine. A second offense would make the crime classifiable as a felony.

Any person with information about the raptor parts found in Woodbury, Minnesota or other bald eagle killings should contact Special Agent Andrew Daiber at 651-778-8360, Conservation Officer Joe Kulhanek 612-271-8044 or Minnesota’s Turn in Poachers hotline at 1-800-652-9093.