Bald and Golden Eagles: Laws & Related Information
Pacific Region


Bald eagle Golden eagle watches for prey

Bald and golden eagles are protected by three federal laws: The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Lacey Act. These laws prohibit the possession, use and sale of eagle feathers and parts as well as a number of other activities, including the transportation of eagles and feathers and parts that have been illegally obtained. Such restrictions help ensure the future viability of eagles in the wild.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has long recognized the religious and cultural significance of eagles to Native Americans and works to accommodate these special needs. The Service operates the National Eagle Repository as a clearinghouse for eagles and eagle parts to provide Native Americans with eagle feathers for religious and cultural use.

To download either of the eagle photos above right click on the photo and select "Save Iimage As." The bald eagle photo should be credited to Dave Menke, USFWS. The golden eagle photo should be credited to George Gentry.

Golden and Bald Eagle Footage - USFWS Public Domain

To download and save videos for viewing off your local computer, right click on link and select "Save Link As."


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Last updated: July 13, 2010
Bald and Golden Eagles: Laws and Related Information
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