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Changes to Repository Distribution Processes effective 6-1-2014

Re-order Request Application

Repository Report of Eagle Shipments Received by State

National Eagle Repository

The National Eagle Repository is located at Rocky Mountain Arsenal northeast of Denver, Colorado. The Repository distributes deceased eagles, their feathers and parts, to members of Federally Recognized Tribes for religious purposes. The Service recognizes the importance of eagles in the cultural and religious pursuits of many Tribal members, and is committed to facilitating those pursuits through the fair and efficient distribution of eagles and their parts by the Repository.

Applications received by the Repository are processed on a first-come, first-served basis, and thousands of eagle orders are filled each year. The wait times for different eagle parts vary widely, from one month for certain eagle parts to upwards of four and a half years for a whole immature golden eagle. This is because the number of orders exceeds the number of eagles in the Repository. The wait times are correlated to the species being requested such as golden eagles, especially immature golden eagles with black and white tail feathers, is the longest wait due to the high demand for those feathers.

It is illegal for any individual to possess a bald or golden eagle, including its parts (feathers, feet, etc). The distribution of bald and golden eagles, and their parts to Native Americans is authorized by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Regulations found in 50 CFR 22. Qualified Native Americans wishing to obtain bald or golden eagles or their parts, must submit a new application for a new applicant and if you have applied before using a re-order request application to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Permit Office which services the state where the applicant resides. The completed application is sent to the National Eagle Repository and the order is filled on a first come, first serve basis. In 1995, there were approximately 3,000 more approved applications for eagles on file than there were available eagles.

USFWS staff working at the National Eagle Repository. Credit: USFWS
USFWS staff working at National Eagle Repository. Credit: USFWS

Federal and State conservation agencies, zoological parks, rehabilitators, and others who may legally possess and transport deceased bald and golden eagles are encouraged to send the deceased birds, and their parts, to the Repository so they can be obtained by Native Americans. Contact the Repository prior to shipping an eagle to ensure someone will be present to receive them.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Eagle Repository
Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Building 128
Commerce City, Colorado 80022
Phone:  (303) 287-2110
Fax:  (303) 287-1570

Last updated: February 14, 2013