Indian Eagle Slaughter


Addendum to March 23, 2013 Report

May 24, 2013

On April 23, 2013 the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Regional Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico issued a new permit to the Hopi Tribe to collect up to 40 golden eagle nestlings in northeastern Arizona during 2013. The permit requires the Hopi to submit a 2013 collecting report with their request for permit renewal for 2014. PEER will seek that report when the Hopi submit it. The USFWS action was accompanied by a Finding of No Significant Affect (FONSI) for an Environmental Assessment. The original EA/FONSI (April 9, 2013) limited the Hopi to take no more than 5 eagles from Navajo lands but the amended and final FONSI of April 23 removed that limit. The USFWS – Southwest Region posted the EA and signed FONSI on their website. To PEER’s knowledge there was no public comment period.

The Permit cannot be used in areas of the national park system, such as at Wupatki National Monument or Petrified Forest National Park. The standard language that forbids the permits use in violation of any “other Federal law” remains in place, as it has since the 1986 date of the original permit.


PEER’s March 23, 2013 report did not contain information about other tribes, except for the issue of the Northern Arapaho on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. PEER has since learned from the USFWS that Jemez Pueblo reported on January 3, 2012 that it had successfully taken a golden eagle during 2011. On March 15, 2012 Jemez applied to take 25 golden and 15 bald eagles of various age classes. The USFWS issued a new permit on October 18, 2012 to Jemez Pueblo to take a single golden eagle. The collecting report has yet to be submitted by Jemez but the USFWS confirmed in writing that Jemez was successful in taking one golden eagle. The Jemez permit may be used in “parts of Sandoval, Rio Arriba, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and San Miguel Counties” in northern New Mexico


On April 16, 2012, the Jicarilla Apache Tribe applied to take 4 golden eagles. The USFWS denied the permit.


PEER began its scrutiny of Tribal eagle collecting in the southwest as a result of the 1999 Hopi attempt to take eagle nestlings from Wupatki National Monument in Arizona. The USFWS permits may not legally be used to take eagles or hawks within any area of the national park system except under 36 CFR 2.1(d) where such take is specifically provided for in law or as a treaty right. Neither is the case at Wupatki.