Three trees that were home to bald eagle nests near Anchor Point were recently chopped down, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency announced Friday that it is searching for the responsible party.
The wildlife service says the trees were initially discovered in aerial surveys. After investigating, the agency believes the trees were cut down this spring. All three trees are located within a half- mile radius and appear to be the only trees cut down.
Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Maximum criminal penalties for violations of these statutes include a fine of $100,000 per person and one-year in federal prison.
The agency is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information on the person or persons behind the fallen trees. If you have information, call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement at (907) 786-3992.