In 2007, the bald eagle, which has been the US National Symbol since 1782, was removed from the federal endangered species list. This came after the Endangered Species Act was established, banning a pesticide called DDT that caused the bird’s numbers to plummet. Due to the Endangered Species Act and other conservation efforts, there has been a huge increase in the birds’ numbers.
The bald eagles are also protected by several state and federal laws, including the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. This prohibits the take, sale, purchase, barter, offer to sell, purchase or barter, transport, export or import of any bald or golden eagle – alive or dead. According to Unilad, a British Internet media company and website owned by LADbible Group that provides social news and entertainment, ‘take’ includes pursuing, shooting, shooting at, poisoning, wounding, killing, capturing, trapping, collecting, molesting or disturbing Bald or Golden Eagles.
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Individuals can also be imprisoned and fined for harming, shooting, or capturing the animals. However, many people still go out of their way to hunt for this species. Recently, a bald eagle was found in a pool of water along state highway 10 in Miami, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conversation reported that the bird suffered from a gunshot. It was immediately rushed to the Tulsa Zoo, where veterinarians treated its injuries.
At first, the authorities failed to catch the injured animal because the water made the rescue more difficult. Luckily, fisheries technician Kendel Robbins was nearby and rescued the bird. Veterinarians told Oklahoma officials it has a "good chance of survival" but odds it would be able to fly again were "slim.” On its Facebook page, the Oklahoma Game Wardens announced that they will offer a potential reward if anyone can find who shot the bird/