Hennepin, IL – On Oct. 30, 2011, the Illinois Conservation Police were notified of an injured bald eagle on the Illinois River approximately one mile south of Hennepin in Putnam County. A Conservation Officer located and captured the injured eagle and transported it to an area veterinary clinic for treatment. It was determined the eagle had a broken wing as a result of an apparent gunshot wound.
The eagle is undergoing treatment at the vet clinic and will be transferred at a later date to a rehabilitation facility.
The Illinois Conservation Police are asking that anyone who has any information on this incident to contact them by calling the Illinois Target Poacher Hotline at (877) 236-7529 or the Bureau-Putnam County Crime Stoppers at (815) 925-7412. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to a $1,000 for anyone with information that brings the person or persons responsible for this crime to justice. Callers can remain anonymous.
Bald eagles are protected by federal law with violators facing up to one year in prison and fines up to $100,000.