Eagle hit with shotgun pellets in Tasmania

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Wildlife authorities are investigating after a wedge-tail eagle was found riddled with shotgun pellets in southern Tasmania.

The bird was discovered this week at a property in Birchs Bay and is now being cared for by Raptor Rescue.

"I'm just trying to get it back on track. I'm not sure if it's going to survive," director Craig Webb told AAP.

Wedge-tailed eagles, Australia's largest bird of prey, are listed as endangered in Tasmania

The state's Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment says it is investigating the incident.

"Killing or interfering with native wildlife is illegal in Tasmania unless a person has the relevant licence or permit," a spokeswoman said in a statement.

"Anyone with information about suspected wildlife offences should report it to the (department's) investigations and enforcement section."

A person convicted of taking, or injuring, a threatened species without the relevant permit could face a fine up to $108,000 or 12 months' jail.

Mr Webb said his raptor rehabilitation service encountered a dead eagle with its claws hacked off in the state's northeast last week.

He has called for more wildlife enforcement officers to ensure those who harm or interfere with the birds are caught.

"These majestic eagles call Tasmania home. We really do need to respect and admire these fantastic creatures, not dismember them like they did last week," he said.

"It's just unacceptable."

Raptor Refuge has offered a $20,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to a conviction in relation to the shooting.

"You don't shoot a bird by mistake," Mr Webb said.

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