The Yankton Sioux Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in a case where a bald eagle was shot south of Wagner last month.
Yankton Sioux Tribal Game Warden Preston Neal says that on December 17th he received a call about an injured eagle on the river bottom south of Wagner.
Neal was able to rescue the Eagle and bring her to the Yankton Sioux Police Department. Law enforcement quickly contacted the Federal Game wardens who sent help. The eagle was picked up soon after and X-rays were done.
Neal says they later learned through the federal game wardens that someone has shot the eagle twice with a smaller caliber rifle. The eagle fell to the ground breaking its wing and fragments were located during the X-ray.
Neal says that the eagle will make a full recover after two months in a rehabilitation center in Minnesota.
Neal encourages anyone with any information on the case to please contact the Yankton Sioux Police Department of the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks office. Injuring or killing a bald eagle is a federal offense.