Reward offered in Wisconsin bird poisoning case

Wisconsin State Farmer
US Wildlife officials are investigating the illegal poisoning of an American bald eagle and other migratory birds near Rhinelander, in Oneida County.

Madison — Wildlife officials are asking the public for help in apprehending those responsible for the illegal poisoning of an American bald eagle and other migratory birds near Rhinelander, in Oneida County. A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing a bald eagle and two ravens.

The birds were discovered on the shoulder of Pine Lake Road north of Haven Lake in July 2016. The eagle was found lying next to a dead raccoon and the ravens were found in the adjacent ditch. All three birds and the raccoon were sent to the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, OR. The forensics lab determined the raccoon carcass was laced with the pesticide carbofuran and the birds ingested the carbofuran while scavenging on the raccoon.

Carbofuran is an agricultural pesticide used to kill insects, mites and nematodes and is often marketed under the trade names Furadan and Curaterr. Carbofuran is extremely toxic to birds, fish and bees.

Bald eagles and ravens are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Additionally, bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Violations of these statutes carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $100,000 and/or one year in federal prison. Anyone with information concerning these birds is asked to call the Office of Law Enforcement in Madison, WI at 608-221-1206, extension x15.

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