Fish and Wildlife: Trees with eagles’ nests cut down

A bald eagle fends off a speculating magpie from his meal of salmon on the Anchor River on Sunday, June 25, 2017 near Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service says someone cut down three trees with bald eagles’ nests in them near Anchor Point.

The agency first found out about the felling in an aerial survey, later finding that the trees were likely felled this spring. None of the other trees nearby were found to have been cut, according to a news release issued Friday.

The three trees were all located within a half a mile radius of each other. A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered to anyone who has information of the people involved with the tree-cutting that destroyed the eagle nests.

“Investigators are optimistic that someone in the local community will assist authorities in finding those responsible,” the release states.

Eagles are federally protected and any violations of those protections carry criminal penalties of up to $100,000 per person, and up to one year federal prison time. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Law Enforcement (907) 786-3992.

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