Bald Eagle to Be Taken Off Endangered List
Efforts to restore the Bald Eagle population have finally resulted in the removal of the iconic bird from the endangered species list. However, removal from the list does not mean that the bird is now free game; there are still other regulations that protect the national symbol.
Seven years after the U.S. government moved to take the bald eagle off the endangered species list, the Bush administration intends to complete the step by February, prodded by a frustrated libertarian property owner in Minnesota.
The delisting, supported by mainstream environmental groups, would represent a formal declaration that the eagle population has sufficiently rebounded, increasing more than 15-fold since its 1963 nadir to more than 7,000 nesting pairs.
The next challenge is to ensure the national symbol's continued protection.
February 16th, the bald eagle will be delisted," said Marshall Jones,
deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "We'll be clear
so people won't think, 'It's open season on bald eagles.' No way."