Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Top-Flight Fine in Pennsylvania, Killers of Bald Eagles Should Pay

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Top-Flight Fine in Pennsylvania, Killers of Bald Eagles Should Pay

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Toss a paper bag full of trash out your car window and you could be fined up to $900 by the state of Pennsylvania. Kill a bald eagle, and you'll pay just $200.

That measly penalty would not deter most poachers, so the Pennsylvania Game Commission proposes to hike the fine to $2,500. That, combined with the punishment set out in the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, is a penalty that commands attention and one that will ensure eagles in the commonwealth will continue to thrive.

The bald eagle, once decimated by hunting, deforestation and pesticide use, was removed from the national endangered and threatened species list in 2007 as its numbers rebounded after more than three decades of federal protection. There are now an estimated 300 nests in Pennsylvania, at least three in Allegheny County. With the installation of cameras, like one in Hays, that allow people to watch eagles nesting up close, they're arguably Pennsylvania's most popular reality stars. …

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