State officials are asking for the public’s help in finding the person or people who shot a bald eagle in southwest Davis County. D.N.R. conservation officer Bob Stuchel, says the animal was shot sometime around the 10th while feeding a deer carcass. He says it was not an accident.

Stuchel says he took the eagle in and had it x-rayed and found it was shot. He says it is common for eagles to feed on deer carcasses as the snow melts, and unfortunately someone felt the need to shoot one. Stuchel says they need any information they can get on he shooting. He says they are asking the public for any help on who may’ve been responsible.

Stuchel says you can call him or the Turn in Poachers (TIP) hotline and remain anonymous. There is a one-thousand dollar reward available for a conviction in the case. Stuchel says the person responsible faces multiple penalties. He says that includes loss of the equipment used to shoot the eagle, substantial fines, and loss of hunting privileges.

If you have information on the shooting, you’re asked to call the “TIP” hotline at 1-800-532-2020, or by going on-line to: www.iowadnr.gov/tip.