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(Neb.)-Dead Eagles Recycled For Use By Native Americans

By: Roxie Graham-Marski Posted at: 03/10/2014 06:32 AM
     NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) - The carcasses of dead bald and golden eagles found in Nebraska are collected and recycled for religious purposes.
 
     The
state is part of an unusual federal recycling program that provides parts of eagle carcasses to Native Americans who hold valid permits.
 
     The feathers and other body parts of eagles are considered sacred by some Native Americans. But federal laws designed to protect the birds make it illegal for most people to possess any part of a golden or bald eagle.
 
     Lauren Dinan with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the state recently sent 37 eagles to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Eagle Repository in Commerce City, Colo.


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