Official: 2 bald eagles shot, killed near Forks

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) - A Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officer says two male bald eagles found dead east of Forks were fatally shot.

The Peninsula Daily News reports the birds found Saturday were an adult and an older juvenile. Wildlife Sgt. Eric Anderson said Wednesday the birds were shot with a rifle, apparently while perched on a branch near the Calawah River.

Anderson says it appears "the person simply shot them to kill them," rather than for feathers or body parts.

Fish and Wildlife is offering a maximum reward of $2,000 for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Bald eagles were removed from the list of threatened or endangered species in 2007, but the bird is still protected under Washington state and federal law.