Bart W. O’Gara
Research Biologist (retired)
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit
The University of Montana
Missoula, Montana 59812
Additional Eagle Control Information
Fig. 1. Left, Bald eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus;
right, golden eagle, Aquila chrysaetos
Damage Prevention and Control Methods
Keep livestock in buildings or in pens.
Fences alone are ineffective.
Cultural Methods and Habitat Modification
Use brushy and wooded pastures to
reduce exposure of livestock.
Increase human activity near sheep
and goat herds—herding.
Change lambing and kidding seasons.
Confine ewes in sheds during lambing
and kidding periods.
Remove carrion (dead animals) in livestock pastures.
Scarecrows may discourage eagles from using an area for a limited period of time, usually up to 3 weeks.
Guard dogs that are aggressive toward predators may repel eagles.
Hazing with aircraft has limited value and requires a written permit from the Director, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
None are registered.
Toxicants are not permitted for eagle control.
Trapping and Snaring
Limited live capture and transplanting
of eagles is conducted under permit
by the USFWS or USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services.
State and federal permits are required
but are not issued.
To protect flower seedlings and home vegetable gardens, grow plants under frames covered with wire or plastic netting.
Scott E. Hygnstrom;
Robert M. Timm;
Gary E. Larson
PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF WILDLIFE DAMAGE — 1994
Cooperative Extension Division Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources University of Nebraska -Lincoln
United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Damage Control
Great Plains Agricultural Council Wildlife Committee