I was appalled after reading The Associated Press news story “Eagle victims of wind farms get justice” (Nov. 24 and TribLIVE.com) that a company can apply for a permit to kill a bald eagle.
A symbol of the USA and the only eagle unique to North America, the bald eagle is a symbol of freedom; it appears on the presidential seal and the classic American quarter.
As reported in the story, at least 67 bald and golden eagles have been killed by wind turbines since 2008.
Now the Fish and Wildlife Service has announced, with the approval of the Obama administration, that it is issuing a “take permit” for “recurring eagle mortalities” to companies operating wind farms. The permit defines “take” as “pursue, shoot, shoot at, poison, wound, kill, capture, trap, collect, destroy, molest, or disturb ... .”
And “disturb” is further defined as “to agitate or bother a bald or golden eagle to a degree that causes ... injury,” “a decrease in its productivity” or “nest abandonment.”
This is just another example of how far the Obama administration will go to “fundamentally change” to appease its political base.