A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of an American bald eagle in Neshoba County.

The case is being investigated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

The bald eagle was discovered on the Nanih Waiya Wildlife Management Area near the Coy Community in Neshoba County.

Found with its tail submerged at the water's edge, the eagle took refuge behind a log after it was shot down. The wounds to the eagle's wings, leg and eye were too severe for survival, so this representative of our national symbol had to be euthanized.

The investigation revealed the eagle was shot between the dates of Dec.1-9, 2012.

Due to its injuries, the eagle could not have flown far from where it was shot.

X-rays performed on the eagle confirmed that it had multiple shot shell pellet wounds.

Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal and state wildlife statutes. Violations of these statutes carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 and/or one year in federal prison.

Anyone with information concerning this eagle is asked to contact the USFWS's Jackson Office of Law Enforcement at 601-331-0292 or call the MDWFP Law Enforcement Bureau at 601-432-2074.

The reward is being offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The mission of the MDWFP is to conserve Mississippi's wildlife, fisheries, and parks, provide quality outdoor recreation and engage the public in natural resource conservation.