The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the person(s) responsible for the shooting death of a bald eagle on Feb. 6 in Chatham County.

The eagle was spotted on the side of Siler City-Glendon Road near Harper’s Cross Roads. The carcass was transported to the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro where a veterinarian confirmed the eagle had died from bullet wound to the head.

Bald eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Act, and killing one is a federal offense punishable by up to two years in prison or a $250,000 fine.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Wildlife Enforcement Officer Claude Smith at 919-239-9897 or 800-662-7137. Information also can be submitted through the agency’s WildTip program. Persons who provide information that results in an arrest and conviction are eligible for a reward. All information received will remain anonymous.