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Eagle Exhibition Live Permit

A federal Eagle Exhibition "Live" Permit authorizes the possession of live eagles for educational purposes. Only government or non-profit zoological parks, scientific societies, and museums open to the general public may apply for this permit.

Permit Details

Fee: $75 Duration: Up to 3 years
Regulation: 50 CFR ยง 22.21 Application: Form 3-200-14
Reporting: Annual (Jan. 31) Annual Report: Form 3-202-13

Notes on Applying

  • - Eligibility: Only zoological parks, scientific societies and museums that are open to the general public and are either established, maintained, and operated as a governmental service or are privately endowed and organized but not operated for profit are eligible for an Eagle Exhibition Dead permit (50 CFR 10.12 and 50 CFR 22.21). Therefore, you must complete Section B on page 1 of the application form. You will be required to submit documentation verifying that you meet the eligibility requirement. Permits cannot be issued to individuals or for-profit entities.
  • - Exemptions: Possession of live eagles is prohibited without a permit. Unlike migratory birds, there is no regulatory exemption for possession. AZA accredited facilities must have a permit to possess live eagles.

Permit Requirements

  • - Conservation education must be the primary use of eagles but other topics may be included
  • - The permit requires a minimum of 12 programs open to the public or at least 400 hours of public display, or a combination thereof each year
  • - Birds may not be used to promote or endorse products or organizations

Handling and Facility Requirements

  • - Caretaker must be at least 18 years of age
  • - Static display eagles: Caretaker must have at least 300 hours hands on experience over 2 years (training the species or similar species you intend to use in educational programs, the care and feeding of eagles, captive husbandry (including perching, jessing, etc.) and medical management).
  • - Glove-trained eagles: Caretaker and/or handler must have at least 500 hours hands on experience over 2 years (training the species or similar species you intend to use in educational programs, the care and feeding of eagles, captive husbandry (including perching, jessing, etc.) and medical management).
  • - Caretaker and/or handler must have a written recommendation from another Federal Permittee with eagle handling experience
  • - Facilities must be adequate for each eagle you plan to possess. In evaluating whether caging dimensions are adequate for raptors, the Service will use as a guideline the standards established by the Raptor Center, University of Minnesota's "Raptors in Captivity: Guidelines for Care and Management".

Acquiring or Transferring Eagles

  • - To acquire a non-releasable eagle for education, an Acquisition and Transfer Request Form (3-202-12) is completed and submitted with a vet letter.
  • - Handling experience and enclosure information should be included unless it is a replacement eagle.
  • - An Acquisition and Transfer Request Form is also used to notify us if an eagle dies

Common Additional Permits

  • - A permit from the state (typically called a Scientific Collecting Permit) may be required
  • - A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) exhibition permit
  • - State transport or federal Import/Export to move birds across state or international boundaries

Record Keeping

  • - All birds that entered, left, or are at your facility must be reported on your annual report (due January 31st). Records must be kept for 5 years after a bird dies or is transferred.
  • - In addition the total number of programs (gloved) and days on static display must be reported for the calendar year.
Last Updated: July 16, 2014
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