- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the fatal shooting of a burrowing owl near Santa Fe.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the case.

The owl was found dead on the Caja del Rio Plateau just days after being photographed on June 27 with its mate.

Authorities say the bird was missing a leg and X-rays showed shrapnel in the animal’s wing and shoulder.

The U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects burrowing owls from capture or killing.

If caught, authorities say the shooter faces up to six months in prison and a $500 fine.

The Humane Society and Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering the reward.

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