Investigators seek suspect in eagle poaching

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As Mississippi River towns are preparing to celebrate the bald eagle, state and federal investigators are looking for someone who shot and killed one member of the federally-protected non-game species in a field north of Letts in Southeast Iowa.

“This is the first time in my (25-year) career I can remember an eagle being shot, that I personally investigated,” Tom Campbell, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officer in Muscatine and Louisa counties told the Muscatine Journal.

Iowa has seen a slight uptick in poaching cases over the past year, with targets including deer, turtles, raccoons and swans.

To report poachers, call the Turn In Poachers hotline at 1-800-532-2020 or Tom Campbell at 563-260-1223.

Callers may be eligible for a reward.




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