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National symbol settling in Bandera County

By Carolyn B. Edwards CC Staff Writer

Photo by Lynn Post

Local wildlife photographer Lynn Post captured this awesome view of a bald eagle last week northwest of Bandera. Post believes the bird is half of a nesting pair he's been sighting from time to time.
According to the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the bald eagle, once endangered, continues to be protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act even though it has been delisted under the Endangered Species Act.
The Act prohibits "the take, possession, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import, of any bald or golden eagle, alive or dead, including any part, nest, or egg, unless allowed by permit. 'Take' includes pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, molest or disturb."
The 1972 amendments to the Act increased civil penalties for violating provisions of the Act to a maximum fine of $5,000 or one year imprisonment, with $10,000 or not more than two years in prison for a second conviction. Felony convictions carry a maximum fine of $250,000 or two years of imprisonment.
The fine doubles for an organization. Rewards are provided for information leading to arrest and conviction for violation of the Act.
In other words, don't shoot an eagle, even if it is eating one of your goats. Don't pick up an eagle's feather and keep it. Preserve your sightings with a camera!