The Bald and Golden Eagle Act (16 U.S.C. 668-668c) prohibits anyone from taking, possessing, or transporting a bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) or golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), or the parts, nests, or eggs of such birds without prior authorization. This includes inactive nests as well as active nests.  Take means to pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, destroy, molest, or disturb.  Activities that directly or indirectly lead to take are prohibited without a permit. View the Act on the U.S. Government Publishing Office website.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) regulates eagle permits under Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 22.  For more information, see USFWS's eagle permits home page and 50 CFR Part 22 in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. On December 16, 2016, the USFWS published changes to certain permit criteria and related matters in 50 CFR Part 22 that will become effective on January 17, 2017 (