Making the most of the daylight

A great horned owl soaking in the morning sun. Photo courtesy of Amelia Sikes, Fairbanks

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering a $500 reward for information regarding the shooting of an adult great horned owl last month, the agency announced Friday.

The federally protected owl was shot Oct. 13 on Max Loop Road in North Pole, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Great horned owls are protected under Alaska state law and through the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Violations of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act carry maximum criminal penalties of up to $15,000 per person and up to six months of federal imprisonment.

Anyone with information about the shooting should call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 907-456-2335, or the Alaska Wildlife Troopers via the Safeguard Tip Line at 1-800-478-3377. Callers may remain anonymous. The reward will be given for information leading to arrest or criminal conviction.

Contact Liv Clifford at 459-7582, lclifford@newsminer.com or follow her at twitter.com/FDNMcrime.

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