SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah, April 23, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Utah Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers are seeking information after a bald eagle was shot and injured in Summit County last month.
Conservation officers received a report of an injured juvenile bald eagle near the town of Henefer in Summit County on April 2, according the Utah DWR. A Utah State Parks ranger and a Utah Highway Patrol trooper located and captured the injured bird near the Weber River, west of I-84, along the frontage road. It was then transported to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden, the DWR said.
“Upon further investigation, it was determined that the bald eagle had been shot by a small-caliber firearm. The bullet entered the ride side of the bird, breaking one of its wings, and the bullet was lodged in the bird’s neck. The bird underwent surgery on April 9 to remove the bullet and is doing well in recovery at the center.”
Officers estimate the shooting occurred two weeks before the bird was found.
While bald eagles are no longer an endangered species, they are still protected by multiple federal laws. Bald and golden eagles, along with their feathers and parts, nests, nest trees, and roosts are all federally protected.
Anyone with information regarding the illegal shooting of this eagle, or any other wildlife-related crimes in Utah is encouraged to report it to DWR conservation officers by calling the UTiP Hotline at 800-662-3337, by texting 847411, or online through the DWR website.
If you have information about this specific case, you can also contact DWR Officer Jeremy Wilcox at 385-288-2112. Rewards are available, and requests for confidentiality are respected.
Every year, Utah conservation officers conduct numerous investigations into the illegal killing of wildlife. In 2020, officers confirmed over 1,000 illegally killed animals valued over $379,000.