RL34174 - What Happens to the Bald Eagle Now That It Is Not Protected Under the Endangered Species Act?
17-Sep-2007; Kristina Alexander ; 25 p.
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September 17, 2007
Abstract: In 2007 the American bald eagle was removed from the list of species protected
by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). However, the ESA was not the only statute
protecting the eagle. Among the federal statutes protecting the bald eagle are the Bald
and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
(MBTA). Additionally, state laws and federal agency policy continue to protect the
bird. This report reviews the Endangered Species Act protections for the bald eagle
and compares them to the protections remaining under the Bald and Golden Eagle
Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It also considers other legal
protections that shield the bald eagle from harm, such as state laws and other federal
acts and policies. [read report]