Found a Dead Eagle or Eagle Feathers?
For most people, the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act prohibits possession of dead eagles and eagle parts, which includes eagle feathers. If you find a dead eagle please answer the following questions before touching or moving the eagle:
- Do you have reason to suspect the eagle’s death was intentionally caused by a human?
- Do you believe the eagle was electrocuted?
- Do you believe the eagle was shot or poisoned?
- Does it appear that feathers or any body parts have been intentionally removed from the eagle?
If the answer to any of the above questions is “yes”, immediately call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Law Enforcement office at: (1-844-397-8477).
If the answer to all of the above questions is “no”, dead eagles and all eagle parts, including feathers, must be transferred to the National Eagle Repository unless otherwise authorized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Eagle Repository provides Guidelines for Shipping Eagles to the Repository.
Even if you only find eagle feathers, these feathers can't be kept, but must be transferred to the National Eagle Repository unless otherwise authorized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
If you found a dead eagle in the Puget Sound area, you are authorized to temporarily collect the eagle remains and transport them within 24 hours to the nearest drop-off center. Please review the list below and call the nearest drop-off center to arrange transfer of the remains.
|Puget Sound North||Puget Sound East||Puget Sound West||Puget Sound South|
|USFWS - Blaine Wildlife Inspectors |
9925 Pacific Hwy
Blaine, WA 98188
|USFWS Law Enforcement |
14852 NE 95th St
Redmond, WA 98052
|Washington Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Complex |
715 Holgerson Rd
Sequim, WA 98382
|Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge |
100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516
|Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehab Center |
284 Boyce Road
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
|USFWS - SeaTac Wildlife Inspectors |
17930 International Blvd
Seattle, WA 98188
|Quilcene National Fish Hatchery |
281 Fish Hatchery Rd
Quilcene, WA 98376
|USFWS – Washington Fish and Wildlife Office |
510 Desmond Dr. SE, Suite 102
Lacey, WA 98503
| ||Featherhaven |
46119 284th Ave SE
Enumclaw, WA 98022
|West Sound Wildlife Shelter |
7501 NE Dolphin Dr
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Wildlife Services, Washington
720 O’Leary Street NW Olympia, WA 98502
NOTE: More drop off locations are available around Puget Sound. Call number above to see if there is one closer to you than the Olympia office
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