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Conserving the Nature of America
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Help! I found a Dead or Injured Eagle!
Follow the links below for guidance on what to do if you find a dead or injured eagle.
Chose the following most appropriate to your situation:
Bald and Golden Eagles are a conservation success story. In order to ensure their healthy populations, we monitor their populations, including information on eagle deaths and injuries. The Fish and Wildlife, as well as our partner agencies, work to help collect and distribute of eagle feathers and parts to Native Americans for religious use. More information about distribution of feathers to Native Americans can be found here.
If you find a dead eagle, there are several resources you can contact.
Your State Wildlife Office:
(choose your state)
Do not touch the eagle unless instructed.
It is helpful if you can provide a photo of the eagle, as well as location (ie: drop a pin on a digital map).
You may be asked to provide the following information:
Where is the eagle located? Can you provide landmarks as to the location?
Do you know the cause of death (ie: hit by a car, etc)
Do you have reason to believe the eagle was intentionally killed by a human?
How confident are you it is an eagle? Do you have documentation (photos, etc)?
Can you provide a description of what the eagle looked like?
What were you doing when you saw the eagle (driving, hiking, boating, etc)
When did you see the eagle? (date and time)
Not all dead eagles can be recovered.
This is due to time and staffing constraints and safety issues.
- We are unlikely to recover dead eagles without an exact location and/or a photograph.
Identification of a dead bird is difficult while driving. We receive many calls about dead eagles on roads that are actually dead turkeys, geese, etc.
You may not keep any eagle remains, feathers, parts, nests, or eggs, unless you are a member of recognized tribal entity. Please see information about tribal members and eagle feathers for more information.
Do not attempt to recover the eagle remains if it is a hazardous situation (ie: eagle is on a busy roadway or in water).
If you find an injured eagle, your first priority should be your own safety.
Like most wildlife, an injured eagle can be defensive and dangerous. Be aware of other hazards if approaching an injured eagle, such as traffic and thin ice.
If the situation is safe for you to approach the eagle, follow the recommendations below.
Call an Expert
There are several options for who you may call in the event you encounter an injured bald or golden eagle:
A federally permitted wildlife rehabilitator (visit each state website below for state listings). Most of these lists are organized by county. Note: not all of the rehabilitators listed below take eagles; call before taking any action. You may also call your state wildlife office.
Wildlife Rehabbers by State:
Choose your state
State fish and wildlife/game offices:
Choose your state
A licensed veterinarian
Other resources to find wildlife rehabilitator near you.
Follow Instructions Carefully
Whomever you choose to contact from the above options, it is important to follow their instructions explicitly. This is first and foremost for your safety, as well as the safety of the eagle.
Keep in mind the following:
• Eagles are extremely dangerous and can cause serious injury quickly
• Do not attempt to capture an eagle unless directed to do so
• If directed to capture an eagle, be sure to have protective gloves and eyeware