Eagle's nest destroyed, reward offered

January 30, 2008 3:36:51 PM PST
Wildlife authorities say a productive bald eagles' nest in southern New Jersey was destroyed when someone cut down the pine tree that sheltered it. State and federal wildlife officers found the damaged nest near the tall pine in Millville in Cumberland County after responding to a citizen's report. They also found evidence a chain saw had been used.

Authorities say the destruction of the nest, which violates the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, took place in mid-January.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible. The New Jersey Audubon Society has offered to increase the award by an additional $1,000.