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Pa. seeks comments on bald eagle proposal

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The Pennsylvania Game Commissioners will allow the public to weigh in as it considers a proposal to remove the bald eagle from the state's list of threatened species.

The Game Commission is looking into upgrading the bald eagle's status from "threatened" to "protected" and may vote on the change as early as January.

Just 30 years ago, only three pairs of nesting eagles remained in the state, but more than 260 nesting pairs have been confirmed this year.

The bald eagle was delisted as a state endangered species and reclassified as a threatened species in 2005, when about 100 nests were confirmed statewide.

Officials said that if the eagle is removed from the state's list of threatened species, it would continue to be protected under the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and the Lacey Act.

Under the Eagle Act, those who harm or disturb eagles are subject to a civil penalty of up to one year in jail or a $5,000 fine for their first offense, and criminal convictions can result in fines as high as $250,000.

Additionally, state penalties for disturbing protected wildlife include fines of up to $1,500.

Those who wish to submit comments on the proposal may send them by email to BaldEagleComments@pa.gov or send a letter to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, ATTN: Bald Eagle Comments, 2001 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797.


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