Darrell O'Neal Sr., chairman of the Northern Arapaho Business Council, wrote to Craft and her co-sponsors last week expressing the council's appreciation for the legislation.
“We believe the language of (the bill) will allow the tribe to exercise its rights under an existing federal permit to take up to two bald eagles in the state of Wyoming outside the Wind River Reservation,” O'Neal said.
“I didn't know that was going to be an effect of the law. Now that I think about it, that's probably correct,” said Rep. Patrick Goggles, D-Ethete, a member of the Northern Arapaho and a bill co-sponsor. “But that wasn't the primary intent of the bill to begin with. That was to provide for falconers.”
Craft said the current state law is inconsistent with Wyoming Game and Fish Commission regulations that would allow master falconers to capture a handful of eagles in designated livestock depredation areas.
“The point of this bill is right now, state statute says there will be no taking of eagles, period, in the state of Wyoming,” she said.