National Audubon urges all Auduboners to help protect our national symbol, the bald eagle. In short, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a draft rule to extend what is called a general permit from five years to 30, a proposal that NAS strongly opposes. Generally, two federal laws protect bald eagles, but some are killed accidentally, for example, by power lines, wind farms and mining operations. Entities that cause the accidental deaths can get a general permit, submit a plan to prevent deaths and report the fatalities.
Under the FWS proposed rule, the number of eagles that could be killed a year would be quadrupled, from around 1,000 to 4,000 bald eagles, and the current five-year permit length extended sixfold to 30 years.
Learn all about it here and send your comments to FWS before July 5.
You can submit comments --
- Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal. In the Search box, enter FWS–R9–MB–2011–0094, which is the docket number for this rule making. Then click on the Search button. On the resulting page, you may submit a comment by clicking on “Comment Now!”
- By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–R9–MB–2011–0094; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803.
You can read about FWS’s proposal here.