Following severe decreases in population size, several federal
and state regulations were put in place to protect the bald
eagle. These regulations include the Migratory Bird Treaty
Act and The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. In 1972,
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned all domestic use of
the pesticide Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT). The
following year, the Endangered Species Act of 1973 was passed, and
the bald eagle was added to the list of federally endangered and
threatened species in 1978.
The elimination of DDT and the increased protection for the eagle
led to the species recovery in Florida. In 2007 and in 2008, the
bald eagle was removed from the USFWS endangered species list and
the FWC imperiled species list. The bald eagle continues to
be protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the
Migratory Bird Treaty Act and FWC's bald eagle rule (F.A.C.
68A-16.002). The FWC has developed and implemented a Bald Eagle
Management Plan which outlines strategies to maintain the
Florida population of bald eagles at or above levels specified in
the conservation goals and objectives of the plan.