Bald eagles were removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species on August 9, 2007, and are no longer protected under the Endangered Species Act. However, bald eagles remain protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
The Bald and Golden Eagle Act prohibits anyone from taking, possessing, or transporting a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) or golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), or the parts, nests, or eggs of such birds without prior authorization. This includes inactive nests as well as active nests. Take means to pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, destroy, molest, or disturb. Activities that directly or indirectly lead to take are prohibited without a permit.
There are a number of different types of permits available for authorizing take, possession, and transport of bald and golden eagles. This website explains the most commonly used authorizations (permits) that are available for people whose activities may “take” eagles or their nests.
Do You Need a Permit?
To determine whether you need and are eligible for an eagle take permit, read the questions below and follow the links accordingly. Below and subsequent pages will ask you a series of questions and direct you to the appropriate information.
To view the official regulations governing Eagle Permits, see Code of the Federal Register: 50 Part 22.