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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.
Permit to Remove or Relocate an Eagle Nest
The Bald and Golden Eagle Act prohibits anyone from taking, possessing, or transporting any bald eagle or any golden eagle, or the parts, nests, or eggs of such birds without prior authorization. This webpage offers information on obtaining a permit for the activities that involve removing or relocating eagle nests.
If you are concerned about an eagle nest that may pose safety issues or conflict with other uses, you may be eligible for a permit to remove or relocate the nest.
This permit authorizes removal or relocation of:
• an inactive nest to ensure public health and safety;
• an inactive nest to restore operation of a man-made structure that has been rendered inoperable by the presence of the nest; or
• an inactive nest in certain other instances where the removal or relocation of that nest (or the mitigation for its removal) will provide a clear and substantial benefit to eagles.
The regulations authorizing permits for removal or relocation of bald or golden eagle nests can be found in the Code of the Federal Register 50 CFR 22.27.
For further assistance regarding obtaining a permit to remove or relocate an eagle nest, please contact us!