This reward adds to the $2,500 reward already being offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.
The birds have been spotted in Hempstead Lake State Park for the past two months. They’re two adults and a younger bird believed to be their offspring.
Mitch Kramer, of Oyster Bay, and his dog Jessie responded in their towboat to a stranded sailor when they saw something struggling in the distance — it ended up being a 1-year-old bald eagle that was sick.
The bald eagle population now stands at 333 birds and 82 eagle pairs actively laying eggs last year, according to an annual report released by the state earlier this month.
On the banks of the Hudson River in Montrose, eagles are flying around George’s Island.
New Jersey environmental officials want to add five species to the state’s endangered list and reclassify the bald eagle and seven other types of birds.