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Police on Long Island have upped the reward for the safe return of a bald eagle, who was kidnapped earlier in the month, to $20,000.
The 35-year-old eagle, named Sam, was stolen from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, July 16, after someone cut the fence around the bird’s housing is anywhere from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m., Suffolk County police said.
The Nelson’s, the resort’s director of the programme, said staff were “shocked and confused in the first place, as the participant continued to be on the outside of his cage.”
ONE-WINGED BALD EAGLE, PHOTOS OF THIEVES ON LONG ISLAND, THE REFUGE WILL LEAD TO A BIG REWARD
“It’s not something we’ve ever had to deal with before,” Nelson said in an interview posted on the refuge’s Facebook page on Tuesday.
Nelson said the surveillance footage showed a person, who is the shelter of the car park in the early hours of the morning, with a backpack, and leave with a “bag or a shopping bag in his hand.
The bald eagle is a federally protected species, which makes the possession of them is illegal and is punishable by fines and / or jail time. Sam had been living in Suffolk County, a sanctuary for more than 30 years ago, with a gunshot wound in the 1980’s. As a result, the right wing was partially severed, so that he will not be able to fly.
“He is going to be stressed and may not survive without our care,” the shelter said in a Facebook with a video of the bird. “We want to get him back safely.”
Nelson said it’s possible that the culprit took the bird, and the black market demand for bald eagle feathers, but she couldn’t say for sure what the suspect’s motive could be.
“We have been touched by the care and provision of support for the safe return of our eagle to Sam,” the shelter posted on its web site.”The Quogue Police department and many other organizations are working hard to make the case.”
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Three of the Long Island groups are pooling their resources to provide reward money to anyone whose information leads to the arrest and conviction of those who took out the bird.
The Suffolk County SPCA is a contribution of $10,000 to the reward for the Nassau County SPCA has offered $5,000, and the Suffolk County Crime Stoppers and has committed to $5,000.