The reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who shot and killed a bald eagle in Hermon has been raised to $2,000.

A representative of the Penobscot Nation contacted the Maine Warden Service and offered to increase the reward by $1,000, bringing the total reward to $2,000, according to a release from the Maine Warden Service Monday.

The eagle, which is protected by federal and state laws, was found near Hermon Pond and Souadabscook Stream.

It is against state law to hunt species that were previously on the state’s list of threatened or endangered species, which includes the eagle. Violating that law is a Class D misdemeanor crime punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail.

Officials said the shooting of a bald eagle in the state is rare, happening perhaps once a year.

Anyone with information on the shooting should call Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-ALERT-US.

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