Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Service Investigating Deaths of Golden Eagles in Northeast Nevada

Jan 21, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 21, 2011


Contact: Dan Crum, Resident Agent in
Charge, Northern California and Nevada
916-414-6660

Fish and Wildlife Service Investigating Deaths of Golden Eagles in Northeast Nevada

Fallon, Nevada (Jan. 21) -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the deaths of four golden eagles found in the Lahontan Valley. The dead eagles were found in an area between Fallon and Lahontan Reservoir. A preliminary investigation indicated the eagles had been shot.


Shooting an eagle is a violation of the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act as well as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Penalties for violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act can include up to two years confinement and $250,000 fine. Penalties for violating the Migratory Bird Treaty Act include up to six months confinement and $15,000 fine per bird.

Golden eagles are frequent visitors to the Carson and Lahontan valleys this time of year, and can often be seen near rivers, ponds, lakes and agricultural fields. Their preferred prey is small mammals like rabbits, ground squirrels, mice and sometimes small birds. Golden eagles are most often seen cavenging animal carcasses, especially during winter months when their normal prey is not readily available.


Anyone with information about the eagle deaths should contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement at 775-861-6360.

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