Bald eagle populations are improving across the nation, but a ruling to allow the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming to kill two of the nation’s birds is drawing some serious debate.
From our friends at Game & Fish:
Not many people know there are special permits to take bald eagles — the prospect even took a few of our co-workers by surprise.
Nevertheless, the Northern Arapaho Tribe in Wyoming was granted a permit to kill two bald eagles Friday after winning a lengthy court battle in which tribe officials contended that the kill is part of the tribe’s religion.
The Associated Press reports that thousands of tribes apply for eagle feathers and carcasses from federal repositories, but permits to actually kill eagles are becoming more and more rare, as the bald eagle is protected by federal law under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.
Via: Sportsmen Vote
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Well killing wolves is part of my religion, so I should be able to kill some wolves, despite Native Americans who oppose a wolf hunt (but killing bald eagles is okay?!). It just so happens to be that eagles are sacred to my religion too, so this bald eagle slaying should not be allowed.