Last weekend my wife, one of my daughters, my wife’s parents, and I went over to Alton and Grafton to watch the eagles. We saw quite a few bald eagles and a small smattering of golden eagles. Although I have seen both species on TV any number of times, nothing beats seeing them in the wild. We saw quite a few perched in trees along the bluffs overlooking the river and quite a few more out on the river itself (which was mostly frozen that weekend). The eagle that flew over our car (at a height of about 50 feet) on it’s way to the river was quite impressive (and big – makes this more believable). It was very enjoyable. However, there are some sick bastards out there:
Investigators are offering a reward for information about the killing of two bald eagles found this month in St. Charles County and Calhoun County, Ill.
Authorities say a mutilated and decapitated bald eagle carcass was found Jan. 10 along Highway 67 at the foot of the Clark Bridge near West Alton in St. Charles County. The eagle’s feet and tail feathers had been cut off.
A second dead bald eagle was found fatally shot Jan. 17 along Degerlia Hollow Road near Hardin, Ill., authorities say.
Jason Bak, a special agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Springfield, Ill., said investigators have no evidence to suggest the two dead eagles were killed by the same person or people.
Bak said it is “a little rare” to find two carcasses in the same area within a week.
The wildlife service is offering a $1,000 reward. Anyone with information about the eagle deaths is asked to call 217-793-9554 or a tips hotline at 800-236-7529.
I hope they catch the people responsible…