Although it’s tempting to want to own an animal as beautiful and majestic as a bald eagle, the truth is that these birds are better off in the wild or at a well-run zoo, and there are several laws in place to protect them. In the United States, it is illegal to own any native bird of prey unless you have a falconer’s license. Getting a license involves passing several major tests, and requires spending at least two years as the apprentice to a licensed falconer. Even after that it would be difficult to become the owner of a bald eagle, as the birds falconers deal with are most often smaller species like red-tailed hawks and American kestrels. So the short answer to whether or not you can own a bald eagle is, probably not. But if you’re lucky enough to live where these birds occur in the wild, you can enjoy their beauty and majesty from afar.
It is illegal to own an endangered species. Even if it builds a nest on your land, it is not yours and you can not alter its habitat.
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