US developer praised over plans to protect golden eagles

The developer will only "take" the eagle if unavoidable

The developer will only "take" the eagle if unavoidable

Pacific Wind Power, the developer of the 104MW West Butte project in Oregon, has asked the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for permission to “take” up to three golden eagles every five years while operating the project.

The term “take” covers everything from disturbing an animal, its nest or eggs, to harassing, injuring and even killing it.

Pacific is the first developer in the US to make such a request.

A number of bird advocacy groups support the application, made under regulations added to the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act in 2009 that allow wildlife officials to grant permits for limited “taking” resulting from legal activities — such as operating a wind turbine.

The permits are part of an effort to protect the eagles while advancing “well-sited wind-energy Log in to read complete article.

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