An Act For the protection of the bald eagle

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Provisions are set forth for the protection of the bald eagle, a symbol of the American ideals of freedom now threatened with extinction. Anyone who takes or sells an eagle, without being permitted to do so, shall be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned not more than six months, or both. The Secretary of the Interior may issue permits for the taking of eagles for certain purposes. For the efficient execution of this Act section 5 of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of July 3, 1918 (40 Stat. 755), as amended by the Act of June 20, 1936 (49 Stat. 1555) , shall be deemed to be incorporated herein.


  • Migratory Bird Treaty Act
  • United States Dept. of the Interior


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 54 Stat. 250
  • Title 16, Conservation
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large

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54 Stat. 250 (1940); ch. 278 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1941
  • 06/08/1940


  • Endangered ecosystems
  • Habitat conservation
  • Wildlife
  • Bald eagle
  • Nature conservation
  • Endangered species
  • Wildlife conservation


Public Law

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 250-51

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