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Reward Offered for Information about 13 Dead Eagles

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Dead eagle found in Federalsburg (Photo: WBOC Viewer) Dead eagle found in Federalsburg (Photo: WBOC Viewer)
Dead eagle found in Federalsburg. (Photo: WBOC Viewer) Dead eagle found in Federalsburg. (Photo: WBOC Viewer)
Dead eagle found in Federalsburg. (Photo: WBOC Viewer) Dead eagle found in Federalsburg. (Photo: WBOC Viewer)

FEDERALSBURG, Md. - Federal officials are continuing their investigating the death of 13 bald eagles found over the weekend on a Caroline County farm. Now, a $10,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in this case.

Investigators were called to the Federalsburg farm on Laurel Grove Road Saturday afternoon for a report of dead eagles being found there.  In total, 13 dead eagles were discovered on the farm land.

Bob Edgell owns the land and was the first one to find the birds on Saturday.  Edgell told WBOC on Monday that he parked his truck, looked down, and found the first eagle near his vehicle.

"Looking down the edge of the woods, it looked like two others might have been there.  They were close together.  As I walked towards them, I looked to the right, around the corner of the woods, and I saw what appeared to be another one," Edgell said.

Edgell said he went home and left a message for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police.  Later that afternoon, another man who uses the wooded area, with permission for hunting, also spotted the four original birds and a handful more.  That Federalsburg man took photos of the birds on his cellphone and shared them with WBOC.

Investigators with U.S Fish and Wildlife were searching the area on Monday where Edgell parked his truck.  Investigators could be seen searching along the woods line and back into the trees.  Edgell said it appeared the birds were not shot and he, along with investigators, believe it could be some kind of poison the eagles ingested that caused their deaths.  However, Edgell said any substance the birds ingested did not come from his land.

"Nothing has been laid on this farm.  We only have truck farming and green farming.  No need to have anything like that.  And certainly no DDT, which has been banned for years," Edgell said.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife sent out a press release late Monday afternoon detailing the reward money available:

"The Service and wildlife conservation organizations are offering rewards for information leading to a conviction. The Service is contributing up to $2,500 and The Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering an additional reward of up to $5,000. The HSUS and the Trust work with state and federal wildlife agencies to offer rewards of $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspected wildlife offenders. The Phoenix Wildlife Center, Inc., a wildlife rehabilitation center for raptors, songbirds and small mammals in Northern Baltimore County is also offering $2,500."

Anyone with information about these eagles should call Special Agent John LaCorte with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement in Cambridge, Maryland, at (410) 228-2476, or the Maryland Natural Resources Police Hotline at 800-628-9944.

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