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ENOCH, Utah (AP) -- A $3,500 reward has been posted for information that leads to the person responsible for fatally shooting two baby eagles at a nest in southern Utah's Iron County. "They were just slaughtered by people without a conscience," said Martin Tyner, who helps injured birds. "Poaching deer and elk is one thing. But these are federally protected eagles. Killing them is as bad as it gets."
The eaglets were discovered June 14. Tyner is taking care of a third that jumped from the nest and injured its legs.
The dead eagles have been sent to the National Forensics Wildlife Laboratory in Ashland, Ore., said Bonnie Bell, an agent with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Cedar City.
The maximum penalty for someone convicted of killing the young birds is a year in jail and a $100,000 fine, if it is a first-time offense.
"Now there will be two young eagles whose wings will never touch the sky, heal our hearts, lift our souls or carry our prayers to heaven," Tyner said.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune
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