Reward for information involving egret deaths on national wildlife refuge BALD KNOB – The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating the shooting of 10 great egrets on Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge in White County. The egrets were found scattered throughout a field located near the northwest intersection of Huntsman and Coal Chute roads, a common hunting area for early season teal. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to a conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing the egrets. USFWS Officer Branden Kieffer said the egrets were discovered Sept. 26. They were believed to have been shot between Sept. 23 and Sept. 25, according to Kieffer. “Because this is believed to have taken place during the end of early teal season and the field where the egrets were located is commonly hunted for teal, someone may have seen or heard something that will help in our investigation,” Kieffer said. “We are hoping that anyone with information on who is responsible for the shooting of these egrets will step forward and provide information that will help us solve this case.” The identity of anyone providing information will be kept confidential. Great egrets are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, a federal wildlife statute. They are commonly found throughout the United States and Mexico, gathering in loose flocks in areas where they can feed mainly on fish captured in shallow, open water. They were hunted nearly to extinction for their feathers in the 19th Century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds. The great egret is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, one of the oldest environmental organizations in North America. Anyone with information concerning the shooting of these egrets is asked to call Officer Kieffer at 879-919-6933 or call the AGFC’s Stop Poaching Hotline at 800-482-9262.