USFWS Director clarifies that proposed rule does not permit killing thousands of eagles

Last week, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe penned an op-ed in The Huffington Post to address false reports that the agency’s proposed rule changes would allow energy companies to legally kill thousands of bald eagles. “The notion that we intend to permit the killing of more than 4,000 bald eagles is wrong. Period.”

“In reality, our conservation proposal will reduce harm to bald and golden eagles at a national and local scale. We’ve set very conservative limits on eagle mortality (from all sources, not just wind) to ensure healthy, sustainable populations.”

“The truth is, thousands of eagles die every year for a variety of reasons… Wind energy facilities represent a fraction of these deaths, and the media’s singular focus on wind turbines is a gross distortion of the truth.”

Click here to read the full op-ed

Click here to read the USFWS press release on the proposal


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