Are eagle feathers OK to keep?
Probably not, according to Charlie Lee, wildlife specialist with K-State Research and Extension. Two eagle species are native to the U.S., and both are protected. Legally, no one can possess bald eagle parts gathered after 1940 or golden eagle parts collected after 1962. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service does issue permits to take, import, export, transport, barter for, buy trade for or sell eagle parts, but those are limited to members of federally recognized American Indian tribes who use them in religious ceremonies. Even then, the typical waiting list for a permit is about 4,000 applicants long.