WRIGHT COUNTY, Iowa - A reward for information about the person responsible for killing a bald eagle earlier this month in Wright County has grown to more than $5,000.
The county's Conservation Board says x-rays show two holes in the eagle's head were consistent with rounds from a .22 caliber rifle.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it's the second killing of a bald eagle this year, after one north of Des Moines in January.
The Wright County Conservation Board says its pledged reward has grown consistently - from $100 to more than $5,000 - in the 10 days since it reported the eagle's shooting.
The eagle was discovered on December 6th near the Iowa River adjacent to the Groom Wildlife Area northwest of Dows in north central Iowa.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Iowa DNR Tip Line at 1-800-532-2020.
The Wright County Conservation Board says it’s been humbled with the response and offers for reward money. It says a PayPal account has been set up for anyone who wants to contribute to the reward fund.
Bald Eagles are covered by the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which carries a penalty for violations of up to $100,000 and one year in prison.
(Image rom Wright County Conservation Board Facebook page)