The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports that a dead bald eagle was recently found in Freeborn County. The eagle was found on Minnesota Department of Transportation property just south of Albert Lea.

The eagle was in a plastic bag, breasted out with its talons and a portion of one leg missing. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to the conviction of any responsible party.

If you have information, call the Turn in Poachers TIP line at (800) 652-9093.

The bald eagle is protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The killing or possession of a bald eagle or its parts is a violation of both acts and is punishable by imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $100,000.