FWS’ Proposed Regulatory Changes Under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act Draw Criticism from Conservation Groups

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published notice of its intent to revise Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act regulations authorizing the issuance of permits for eagle incidental take and eagle nest take. The new regulations would authorize the approval of general permits for wind energy and infrastructure projects in lieu of individual permits. Conservation groups have criticized the proposed changes for allegedly weakening existing protections for eagles and failing to institute adequate permit compliance monitoring. FWS will accept public comments on the proposed regulatory changes through November 29, 2022.