Investigation underway after second bald eagle found shot in Sullivan County

SULLIVAN CO. – Indiana Conservation Officers are now investigating the shooting deaths of two juvenile bald eagles in the same area of the state. 

Officers located the second juvenile eagle after responding to a call to a rural area in northern Sullivan County along County Road 800 West, approximately 8 miles west of Shelburn.

As part of the investigation, the body of the eagle was recovered from a tree and found to have been shot. Officers believe the shooting occurred in early January.

The first juvenile bald eagle determined to have been shot was discovered in a southern Vigo County tree on March 10. Officers determined the juvenile eagle was killed from a gunshot blast to the breast area.

A joint $2,000 reward is being offered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Indiana Turn-in-a-Poacher, Inc. (TIP) to anyone with information leading to the conviction of the responsible party/parties. If you have information or know who is responsible, please contact DNR Law Enforcement Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536 or the TIP hotline at 1-800-847-4367 (TIP-IDNR).