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What to do if You Find a Dead or Injured Animal


If you come across an injured animal, the best thing to do is leave it where you found it. Taking in an injured wild animal can lead to further injury to the animal or yourself, risk of disease, and habituation to humans.

If you find a dead or injured eagle please contact:

Local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office:
North Dakota Field Office
3425 Miriam Avenue
Bismarck, North Dakota 58501
Phone: (303) 236-7540

You may also contact your local Refuge or Wetland Management District via the regional Visit a Refuge or District page.

North Dakota Game and Fish Department:

Please contact your closest district office or game warden.

Follow Instructions Carefully

All efforts to report dead bald and golden eagles are greatly appreciated. Monitoring all aspects of these species' life cycle are an important part of ongoing protection under the Eagle Act. The following are things to keep in mind when reporting a dead eagle sighting:

  • The expert will direct you in terms of what to do with the carcass feathers or parts
  • Share details including location, circumstances, and contact information
  • You may not keep eagle carcasses, feathers, parts, nests, or eggs


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.
Last modified: September 19, 2019
All Images Credit to and Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unless Specified Otherwise.
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