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Obama Administration Allows Killing of Federally Protected Eagles

The Humane Society of the United States Dismayed with Agency Decision

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a new rule allowing wind facilities to unintentionally kill protected bald and golden eagles for 30 years, an increase from the current 5 year period. Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO for The Humane Society of the United States issued a statement in response.

“We realize that all energy production systems come with their ecological and animal welfare costs, but that doesn’t mean we should exempt those who cause acute impacts from any responsibility or mitigation requirements. Extending take permits for 30 years prevents the Administration from fully considering the impact of wind farms on eagles, and is a blow to the protection of raptors and so many other types of birds.”


  • In April 2012, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to revise the regulations for permits for nonpurposeful take of golden eagles (Aquila chrysaetos) and bald eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) by extending the maximum term for programmatic eagle take permits from 5 years to 30 years.


Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson: 301-721-6463; ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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