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State agrees to evaluate eagle permit for Arapaho

Apr 6, 2012 - By Ben Neary, The Associated Press

CHEYENNE -- The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is evaluating whether it believes the Northern Arapaho Tribe would need state permission to kill bald eagles outside the reservation.

Game Department Director Scott Talbott said he couldn't say how long it will take his agency to decide the issue. He also declined to say whether the state is considering entering a legal dispute between the Northern Arapaho and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the eagle permit issue.

The Fish and Wildlife Service on March 9 issued the Northern Arapaho Tribe the nation's first permit allowing the killing of bald eagles for religious purposes. Tribal elders and American Indian activists initially hailed the permit as a victory for tribal sovereignty.

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