The Missouri Department of Conservation and U.S. Wildlife Service are offering rewards for information leading to the convictions of the person or persons responsible in the shooting deaths of two American Bald Eagles earlier this year. The national bird is protected under state and federal laws, harming them carries a penalty of up to $100,000 and a maximum of one year in prison. The first bird was found dead January 17th at the low water crossing on Toledo Drive in Caldwell County. The second eagle was discovered on the Jack Rabbit Bend Trail at Smithville Lake. Those with information are urged to contact the Operation Game Thief Hotline; that number is 1-800-392-1111 and you can remain anonymous.