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Where to Send Your Dead Bald Eagle

Updated July 3, 2015
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Where to Send Your Dead Bald Eagle

The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States.  While the bird has made a comeback, it was on the brink of extinction in the late 20th century.

It is against the law to be in possession of eagles.  Even eagle carcasses, feathers, parts, nests, and eggs are off limits and cannot be owned.

So now you may be wondering what you should do if you come across a dead eagle?  There is only one place where our national bird can be sent.  All eagle carcasses, feathers, and parts must be shipped to the 'National Eagle Repository.' 

The National Eagle Repository will provide you with shipping guidelines and a fact sheet of everything you need to know about the transportation of eagle parts and feathers.

Here are some other interesting facts about eagles:

  • In the wild, eagles can live between 20 to 25 years.  In captivity, eagles can live beyond 40 years.
  • Do eagles have teeth?  No.  But because of their beak and strong neck muscles, they can easily rip their food to pieces which makes it easy to swallow.
  • Eagles can turn their heads 180 degrees in either direction.
  • Eagles can weigh from 10 to 15 pounds.
  • The wingspan of an eagle can stretch beyond 7 feet.

Have you ever seen an eagle in person?

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