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National Eagle Repository


Draft Environmental Assessment for Construction of a Crematorium at the National Eagle and Wildlife Property Repository (comments accepted until October 20, 2004)

The National Eagle Repository (Repository) is located at Rocky Mountain Arsenal northeast of Denver, Colorado. Its mission is to provide a central location for the receipt, storage, and distribution of bald and golden eagles that are found dead, and their parts. The eagles, and their parts, are shipped to Native Americans who are enrolled in Federally recognized tribes, for use in religious and cultural ceremonies.

It is illegal for any individual to possess a bald or golden eagle, including its parts (feathers, feet, etc) without a permit. The distribution of bald and golden eagles, and their parts to Native Americans is authorized by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and Regulations found in 50 CFR 22. Native Americans wishing to obtain bald or golden eagles or their parts, must submit an application to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Permit Office, which services the state where the applicant resides. The completed request form is sent to the National Eagle Repository and the order is filled on a first come, first served basis. Currently there are over 5000 people on the waiting list for approximately 1000 eagles the Repository receives each year.

Federal and State conservation agencies, zoological parks, rehabilitators, and others who may legally possess and transport dead bald and golden eagles are encouraged to send the dead birds, and their parts, to the Repository so they can be utilized by Native Americans.

For information on shipping eagles to the Repository, The National Eagle Repository may be contacted at:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Eagle Repository
Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Building 128
Commerce City, Colorado 80022

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