Pennsylvania hikes penalty for killing eagles

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – People who kill bald eagles in Pennsylvania will soon face a tougher penalty.

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners on Tuesday gave approval to a measure that increases to $2,500 the replacement cost for killing bald eagles and golden eagles.

The bald eagle was removed from Pennsylvania’s threatened-species list last year. Because it was no longer classified as threatened, replacement costs at the state level were $200.

Replacement costs are restitution for unlawfully killed wildlife and typically are paid in addition to fines.

Bald and golden eagles both remain protected by federal and state law.

The higher penalty will take effect in the coming months.

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