"Someone found it near the bridge on Bay Creek Road, on Dec. 23, and called us," said Sgt. Scott Watkins, who works out of the Game and Fish Commission office in Mammoth Spring.
After examining the immature bald eagle, it was determined that the eagle had been shot, which is a violation of state and federal law.
According to Watkins, Game and Fish decided not to immediately release details about the poaching incident, in hopes someone involved would talk about it to others and the admission would lead to an arrest.
"Since we have not gotten any tips or leads in the case, we decided to ask for the public's help in finding the person or persons responsible," said Watkins.
Because of the South Fork, Spring and Strawberry Rivers and the region's moderate winters, eagle sightings are becoming more frequent in our area of the Ozarks.
According to Watkins, local eagle deaths are usually related to injuries suffered in storms, as eagles are blown from the nest by high winds or struck by lightning.
Watkins calls local incidents of eagle poaching "very rare." He believes this is just the second eagle shooting in the last 18 years.
Bay Creek, where the eagle was found, is located northwest of Sturkie and runs into the Southfork River.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Anyone with information about the eagle's death is asked to call 1-800-482-9262. Callers may remain anonymous.