CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A bill that some Wyoming lawmakers are pushing to allow falconers to capture golden eagles also apparently could help the Northern Arapaho Tribe to capture eagles for use in its annual Sun Dance. Sen. Bernadine Craft, a Democrat from Rock Springs, is sponsor of the bill. It would eliminate the current prohibition in state law against taking eagles and instead permit taking them if authorized by federal laws or state game commission rules.
Craft says the bill is necessary to allow certified master falconers to capture golden eagles in the wild where it's been determined that the birds are depredating on livestock. The Northern Arapaho Tribe has written to Craft and other lawmakers saying they support the bill because it would allow them to take eagles for religious purposes.