Four golden eagles found shot in Lahontan Valley
January 24, 2011
The deaths of four golden eagles in the Lahontan Valley are under investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The eagles were found shot between Fallon and Lahontan Reservoir.
Shooting an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Penalties can include up to two years in prison and an up to $250,000 fine.
According to Resident Agent Dan Crum, golden eagles are frequent visitors to Carson and Lahontan valleys, where they can be seen near rivers, ponds, lakes and fields.
While their preferred prey includes small mammals like rabbits, ground squirrels, mice and smaller birds, during calving season they can be seen scavenging afterbirth.
Anyone with information is asked to call (775) 861-6360.