A hefty reward has been offered for information about a shooting that left a bald eagle severely injured in Chambers County.
The regal raptor was found wounded in the Anahuac area, according to the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies along with state Game Wardens contained the injured bird, which was then taken to the Wildlife Center of Texas to be treated.
The national bird, which is protected under federal law, was blinded in the shooting and its beak was badly damaged. Deputies said wildlife experts told them the eagle may not survive.
A reward totaling $2,000 has been offered in the case.
According to the U.S. Wildlife Service, anyone convicted of violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act faces a possible prison sentence and fine.
Anyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact Chambers County Crime Stoppers at 844-860-8477 or Texas Wildlife Crime Stoppers Operation Game Thief at 800-792-4263.