Investigators are continuing their effort to find the person who fatally shot a bald eagle while it was in a tree north of Binghamton.

A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokeswoman said the special agent handling the case of last spring's killing of the eagle in the town of Nanticoke has not received "any credible leads."

The bird apparently had been in a tree near 1022 Nanticoke Road when someone shot it on April 3. Investigators determined the eagle died as the result of a gunshot wound sustained from a high-caliber rifle projectile.

A reward of up to $5,000 was posted for information leading to those responsible for the eagle's death.

People with information about the shooting may contact Fish and Wildlife Service special agent Ryan Bessey at (716) 691-3635.

Bald eagles are federally protected by Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Violators could face fines of up to $100,000 and up to one year in prison.

A bald eagle in the town of Fenton in 2016. (Photo: WNBF News)
A bald eagle in the town of Fenton in 2016. (Photo: WNBF News)
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