Are Bald Eagles still protected?
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bald eagle from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 2007. However, bald eagles and their nests are still protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and under Pierce County Title 18E, Development Regulations-Critical Areas. The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act also prohibits disturbance or molesting of eagles. Despite state and federal protection, a large percentage of fatalities of adult bald eagles have human related causes, including shooting, poisoning, vehicle collisions, and electrocution, and a black market trade in eagle feathers and parts still exists.

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1. What is a critical area?
2. Is it still a wetland if it only has water in it in the spring?
3. How big is the buffer on my wetland or stream?
4. I've heard I can reduce the buffer to fit my proposal. Is this true?
5. Are Bald Eagles still protected?
6. Can I still build on my parcel?
7. Why do we care about protecting fish and wildlife?
8. How can I find out if there are Wetland or Fish and Wildlife Critical Areas on my property?
9. What is the purpose of the critical area requirements?
10. Where can I find out about Pierce County's Critical Areas Ordinance?
11. Why do I have to pay such high taxes on my property when it is mostly fish and wildlife habitat area?