The state agency that manages wildlife in Pennsylvania is imposing much steeper fines for people who kill bald or golden eagles.
The Game Commission on Tuesday approved increasing the “replacement cost” for the eagles from $200 to $2,500 per violation.
The $200 cost had been the result of the fact that neither type of eagle is considered threatened in Pennsylvania.
The commission says it raised that amount because the iconic raptors need extra protection.
Investigators are looking into the fatal shooting of a bald eagle that was found two weeks ago near McConnellsburg in central Pennsylvania.
There have been several other reports this year of wounded or injured eagles in Pennsylvania.