As you have heard, the Bald Eagle was recently removed from the
Endangered Species List, thanks to the Endangered Species Act (which
is endangered itself). Visit the
USFWS Eagle Page or The
National Audubon Announcement for the story behind this delisting.
Even though they have been delisted, Eagles are still protected under the
Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and other laws. The Fish and Wildlife Service
is now developing management plans to protect Eagles under these laws.
One component is a definition of "take", and the proposed rules will
allow permits for the "taking" of a nest. We feel "taking" a nest is a
serious matter and can be likened with killing a bird, because it takes
one out of the general population because of a failed breeding cycle.
The cost of such permits is minimal, and the loss of a Bald Eagle or its
nest will simply become a "cost of doing business."
Please read the
USFWS News Release
for more information on the proposed "managed take permit" or read the
full proposed regulation published in the Federal Register on July
We understand not every single
individual eagle can always be saved, and we also understand that
"working cooperatively" with landowners is certainly the best policy.
But unless there is regulatory enforcement backing up the cooperative
work, economics and greed will inevitably win.
The USFWS is taking comments on this
proposed rules through September 4th. TAS Member and Eagle Rehabber Gary Siftar has written a
very thorough response, which TAS endorses fully.
Please click here to
read Gary's very thorough analysis of the investigation, including a
chart of projected future Bald Eagle populations.
Comments from the public DO make a
difference, so please do send yours.!
Comments must be received by September
4, 2007 and may be sent by mail to the Division of Migratory Bird
Management, Attn: RIN 1018-AV11, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N.
Fairfax Drive, MBSP-4107, Arlington, Virginia 22203.
Comments may also be emailed to
All comments should refer to "RIN
Comments by Gary Siftar
Please click here
to read Gary's very thorough analysis of the proposed rules,
including a chart of projected future Bald Eagle populations.
From the Federal Register
July 9, 2007
"We believe that working cooperatively with landowners to
avoid or minimize adverse impacts to bald eagles is likely to achieve
more positive conservation than reliance on regulatory enforcement. In
addition, we have proposed a program that would allow us to authorize
limited take associated with otherwise lawful activities under BGEPA
(72 FR 31141; June 5, 2007), similar to the incidental take
authorizations that we have made under sections 7 and 10 of the
Click here for full citation. Above emphasis added by