Baxter County Man at Odds with Feds Over Bald Eagle's Remains

JANUARY 17, 2006 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CST

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - An Arkansas man has started a letter-writing campaign after he found out that a dead eagle he found on the White River would first go to American Indians instead of to Baxter County schools to use as an educational tool.

Donald D. Herbert was upset to learn that federal law gives American Indians first rights to dead bald eagles after the government has conducted its post-mortem exam.

But, despite his argument, Herbert isn't likely to succeed in recovering the bird.

Kevin Wood, a special agent with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service said it's just not possible for an individual to get eagles anymore.  He said there's a three to five year wait for American Indians.

For an American Indian to obtain a bald eagle, Wood said, he or she must belong to a tribe that used the bird's feathers in its religious ceremonies.

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