DNR Rescues Bald Eagle from Greencastle Apartment
(photo courtesy Indiana Department of Natural Resources)
Indiana Conservation Officers seized a live bald eagle from the apartment of a Greencastle man.
The Department of Natural Resources says officers received an anonymous tip on June 9 that 49-year-old Jeffrey Henry was in possession of a bald eagle. The bird was found inside Henry's apartment and investigators say Henry captured the bird near the apartment just a few days before.
The bald eagle was taken to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Henry was issued a summons to appear in Putnam County Court. The DNR says the unlawful taking or possession of non-game migratory birds in punishable up to 60 days in jail and 500 dollars in fines.
Bald eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The DNR says, "This law provides protection to the bald eagle and golden eagle by prohibiting the take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit."