Indiana Conservation officers freed a bald eagle that had been unlawfully captured in Putnam County.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, in a news release, said officers received an anonymous tip that Jeffrey Henry, 49, of Greencastle, was keeping a bald eagle. Officers arrived at his home and discovered a juvenile bald eagle the IDNR said Henry captured days prior from near his residence.
Authorities transported the eagle to a licensed wildlife rehabilitation site, the IDNR reported.
The unlawful taking or possession of non-game migratory birds is punishable with up to 60 days in jail and fines of $500.
Bald eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which prohibits any dealing, trading or purchasing of a bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest or egg.