Carcasses of Dead Eagles Part of Unique Recycling Program

As part of an unusual federal recycling program, the carcasses of dead bald and golden eagles found in Nebraska are being collected to be used for religious purposes.

The program provides parts of the eagle carcasses to Native Americans who hold valid permits. The feathers and other body parts of eagles are considered sacred by some Native Americans.

However federal laws designed to protect the birds make it illegal for most people to possess any part of a golden or bald eagle.

Lauren Dinan with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the state recently sent 37 eagles to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Eagle Repository in Commerce City, Colo.