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West's Nevada Revised Statutes Annotated. Title 45. Wildlife. Chapter 503. Hunting, Fishing and Trapping; Miscellaneous Protective Measures. Miscellaneous Protective Measures.

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Citation: N.R.S. 503.610

Citation: NV ST 503.610

Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 01/2014


Nevada has a law that specifically protects both bald (American) and golden eagles. The statute makes it illegal to possess or capture by whatever means either species. The law does allow for the taking of an eagle pursuant to permit only if the eagle has seriously injured agricultural or other interests, provided it is consistent with federal law and no other alternative is appropriate.  For discussion of federal Eagle Act, see Detailed Discussion.

Statute in Full:

1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, it is unlawful for any person, firm, company, corporation or association to kill, destroy, wound, trap, injure, possess dead or alive, or in any other manner to catch or capture, or to pursue with such intent the birds known as the bald eagle and the golden eagle, or to take, injure, possess or destroy the nests or eggs of such birds.

2. The Department may issue permits to take bald eagles or golden eagles whenever it determines that they have become seriously injurious to wildlife or agricultural or other interests in any particular area of the State and the injury complained of is substantial and can only be abated by taking some or all of the offending birds. The issuance of such permits must be consistent with federal law.


Amended by Laws 1963, p. 1277; Laws 1969, p. 1366; Laws 1993, p. 1676; Laws 2003, c. 292, § 96, eff. July 1, 2003.


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