- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2014

VERDIGRE, Neb. (AP) - Officials are looking for information related to the illegal shooting of a bald eagle in northeast Nebraska.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the adult eagle was reported dead on Jan. 21. It was found near Verdigre, close to the Missouri River.

Officials say the bird had not shown decomposition and there was fresh blood on the beak.

Bald eagles are federally protected. Maximum penalties for violating the law include a fine of $250,000 and up to two years of prison.

Officials say callers who report any information about the shooting may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward.

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