Are All Eagles Protected?


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Bald and golden eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The bald eagle is also protected by the Lacey Act. These eagles are native to North America.

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Are All Eagles Protected?
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Possession of a feather or other body part of a bald or golden eagle is a felony. Eagle nests and eggs are also protected. However, federally recognized Native American tribes my possess eagle emblems as part of their tradition and culture.

The Stellar's sea eagle and white-tailed eagle are sometimes seen in the Aleutian Islands and occasionally nest in Alaska, but are native to Asia and Eurasia. These eagles are not protected by regulations in the United States, but several Asian countries have laws in place to protect them.

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