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Bald eagle nest found destroyed in Goose Creek; Reward offered

Bald eagle (File)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources are investigating the destruction of a bald eagle nest in the Crowfield area of Goose Creek.

The nest was in a wooded area being logged near the intersection of Crowfield Boulevard and Corporate Parkway.

Currently a $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact agent John Elofson at 404-763-7959 x222; special agent Jimmy Barna at 404-763-7959 x233; or SCDNR Dispatch 1-800-922-5431 (game wardens Thomas Spann or Bill Bense).

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Bald eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Such an act prohibits take, where take is defined as "pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, destroy, molest or disturb." The Service defines disturb as "to agitate or bother a bald or golden eagle to the degree that causes, or is likely to cause, based on the best scientific information available, 1) injury to an eagle, 2) a decrease in its productivity, by substantially interfering with normal breeding, feeding, or sheltering behavior, or 3) nest abandonment, by substantially interfering with normal breeding, feeding, or sheltering behavior."

In addition, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act outlines the prohibitions regarding the taking of any migratory bird or any part, nest, or egg, except as permitted by regulation.

Bald eagles are also listed in South Carolina as a state threatened species (and receive state protection as a nongame species.

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