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B.C. aboriginal men claim constitutional right to kill, sell bald eagles


Aboriginal rights are at the centre of a case in British Columbia where bald eagles were killed and their parts sold for ceremonial purposes.

Photograph by: Cathy Maurice, Postmedia News

VICTORIA — Two Vancouver Island aboriginal men who killed and sold bald eagles are claiming a constitutional right to do so.


On Thursday in the Vancouver Island community of Duncan, B.C., provincial court Judge Michael Hubbard will decide whether First Nations members have an aboriginal right protected under the constitution to kill, possess and traffic in wildlife parts even though it is deemed illegal under the provincial Wildlife Act.

In doing so, Hubbard will decide if Jerome Seymour of Duncan and his cousin William Seymour of nearby Brentwood Bay, B.C., are innocent or guilty of the charges against them.

During submissions, defence lawyer George Wool argued that aboriginal people have been using eagle parts long before Europeans arrived in North America.

"If it was an integral part to their distinctive society, then it's a claim that has been made out," said Wool

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Band confirms dead eagle as 1 of Alaska's oldest

Tuesday April. 12, 2011

By: The Associated Press

Date: Monday Feb. 14, 2011 3:59 AM PT



ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Kodiak Island bald eagle survived 25 years of Alaska hazards but met an unfortunate fate last month on the crossbar of a utility pole: electrocution.

A band attached to its leg showed the bird to be the second-oldest bald eagle documented in Alaska and one of the oldest in the country.

"It would be, based on the bird-banding record that I've seen, one of the top 10 oldest birds ever recorded," said Robin Corcoran, a wildlife biologist from the Kodiak Island National Wildlife Refuge.

The eagle's death was first reported by the Kodiak Daily Mirror.

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Bald eagle found shot along NC road ... 89519.html

by NewsChannel 36 Staff
Posted on March 31, 2011 at 10:56 AM
Updated today at 11:07 AM"

"WARREN COUNTY, N.C. – A $2,500 reward is being offered for information involving a bald eagle that was shot in Warren County.

The injured eagle was found along the side of the road on March 20. A veterinarian examined the eagle and determined that it was shot, and had a broken wing. Despite being treated for its injuries, the eagle died on Monday.
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"Credit: West Hills Veterinary Center, Henderson, N.C.

“Because the eagle was found along a traveled roadway, someone may have seen or heard something that will help in our investigation. We are hoping that anyone with information on who is responsible for shooting the eagle will step forward and provide information that will help us solve this case,” said Sandra Allred, a special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service based in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Anyone with information concerning the shooting of this eagle is asked to call Special Agent Allred at 919-856-4786, or North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Officer Richard Creech at 252-886-3614 or 252-438-3428.

Bald eagles are protected by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act."

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Bald eagle killed in N.B. was oldest found in wild


The dead bird found on a New Brunswick highway earlier this year turned out to be no ordinary roadkill specimen.

Biologists have traced the metal ring on the raptor's leg to a bird-banding program in Maine in 1977, making the avian accident victim the oldest bald eagle ever documented in the wild.

Despite its death in April after being struck by a car east of St. Stephen, N.B., the creature's unprecedented longevity is seen as a hopeful sign of the resurgence of the iconic species -- a potent symbols of U.S. patriotism -- after its threatened extinction in the 1960s.

Bruce Peterjohn, chief of the Bird Banding Laboratory at the U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, said the eagle's record-setting age -- pegged at 32 years, 10 months -- suggests habitat rehabilitation efforts and other bi-national conservation measures are giving members of the majestic species a much better chance of living a long, well-fed life than they had 40 years ago.

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 Posted by Sunshinecoast


David Hancock will be interviewed LIVE on Tuesday November 16, 9:30AM Pacific Time

on Radio Canada International to discuss this remarkable story!

Tune in here: The Link on Radio Canada International

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Deaths of three golden eagles investigated by police

The deaths of three golden eagles in the Highlands of Scotland are being investigated by detectives.

Published:  12 May 2010

The eagles and a number of other birds of prey were found dead in the same area of East Sutherland during the past week.

They have been sent to Edinburgh for forensic analysis to establish whether the deaths were suspicious. It is not yet known whether the birds were poisoned.

Northern Constabulary officers are working on the investigation with the RSPB, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and the National Wildlife Crime Unit.



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