Public Comments Sought by USFWS on Incidental Take Permit Process for Eagles

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Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public input on potential approaches to improve the permitting of incidental take of bald and golden eagles. The bald eagle’s recovery is one of the United States’ most important wildlife conservation success stories. The Service’s intent for both bald and golden eagles is to ensure that the regulations for these permits are consistent with the goal of maintaining stable or increasing breeding populations.

“As the nation moves to build back better, the Service and the regulated community share an interest in introducing greater efficiency and predictability into the eagle incidental take permitting process, while ensuring stable or increasing breeding populations of bald and golden eagles,” said Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks Shannon A. Estenoz. “We are soliciting public input and feedback on potential approaches to make the permitting process more effective and efficient.”

Human development and infrastructure continue to expand in the United States and, at the same time, bald eagle populations are growing throughout their range.

The result of these trends is an increasing number of interactions between eagles and industrial infrastructure and a corresponding need for the Service to process more applications for incidental take of eagles.

The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (Eagle Act) prohibits the harm and possession of bald and golden eagles and their parts, nests, or eggs, except pursuant to federal regulations. The Eagle Act also authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to issue regulations to permit the taking of eagles for various purposes, provided the taking is compatible with the preservation of the bald eagle or the golden eagle.

Permits for the incidental, or unintentional, take of eagles were first established in 2009 and revised in 2016 to authorize incidental take of bald and golden eagles that results from a broad spectrum of activities, such as utility infrastructure, energy development, residential and commercial construction, and resource recovery.

The Service is now publishing an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit public input and feedback on potential approaches to improve permitting of incidental take of eagles. The ANPR will publish in the Federal Register on September 14, 2021, opening a 45-day public comment period until October 29, 2021.

The notice will be available at www.regulations.gov, Docket Number: Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2020-0023 and will include details on how to submit your comments.

The ANPR seeks public comment on a number of approaches that could potentially reinforce a more streamlined permitting framework. We seek a variety of information in a number of areas including, but not limited to: What additional guidance, tools or other efficiencies could the Service develop that would reduce the time and/or cost associated with applying for and implementing long-term eagle incidental take permits under existing regulations? Are there potential new regulatory approaches to authorizing incidental take under the Eagle Act, particularly for projects that can be shown in advance to confer minimal impacts to eagles, that would reduce the time and/or cost associated with applying for and operating under long-term eagle incidental take permits? A complete list of details the Service is seeking can be found in the notice.

We will not accept hand-delivered, emailed or faxed comments. We will post all comments on www.regulations.gov.

The notice also advises the public that the Service may, as a result of public input, prepare a draft environmental review pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.

More information can be found online at: www.fws.gov/birds/management/managed-species/eagle-management.php.


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BigJim
BigJim
3 days ago

Just about had an eagle come through the windshield last weekend.

UncleT
UncleT
4 days ago

Sounds like the Wind Turbines are killing lots of Eagles

Redleg
Redleg
4 days ago

Reasonable situations occur in which an eagle (s) may be unintentionally harmed or killed. There must be reasonable accommodations made for persons involved in those situations. If no unlawful intent was involved there is no crime therefore no punishment is warranted. Birds should have no more protection than humans!!

Arny
Arny
3 days ago
Reply to  Redleg

Or the birds prey such as ducks, small goats, lambs, etc. In Pa I have friends loosing livestock from bald eagles. Caught on camera. But yet their hands are tied to do anything, when it comes to trying to eliminate the threat. But yet housing, power companies, etc can ?