New Eagle Retention Policy Released

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a new policy on eagle retention by Native American Tribes, which will give them the ability to retain deceased eagles found on their tribal lands. Many Tribes have said that eagles found on their lands are more spiritually significant than an eagle obtained from the National Eagle Repository. The Service revised its policy to accommodate this request.

Tribes may apply for a permit prior to or after the discovery of an eagle on their land that they wish to keep. When an eagle is found, it must be reported to the Service’s Office of Law Enforcement and must not be collected until specific authorization is received from the Service’s Office of Law Enforcement. Reporting is important for eagle conservation because it contributes key information about the causes and extent of eagle mortality.

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Last Updated: August 20, 2019