- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

VONORE, Tenn. (AP) - State and federal wildlife officials are investigating the shooting of an adult bald eagle in East Tennessee.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service say the eagle was found wounded around Thanksgiving in Monroe County, about 14 miles east of Vonore. The bird survived the shooting and is recovering at the American Eagle Foundation in Pigeon Forge.

Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, both federal wildlife statutes. Violations carry a criminal penalty of up to $100,000, in addition to a possible prison term of one year.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction in the shooting. Anyone with information about the shooting can call either investigating agency.

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