NORFOLK, Virg. — Three bald eagles, four baby owls and two red tail hawks were recently taken from a woman’s home near Norfolk, Virginia for allegedly violating federal law.
Pearl Beamer, who said she helped over 400 animals this year and has over 20 years of experience, used to rehabilitate wildlife until her license was suspended in late July, WTKR reported.
“We did nothing wrong,” Beamer said.
Wildlife Center of Virginia officials said in the last year and a half Beamer allegedly violated the reporting rules seven times.
People who rehabilitate wildlife are required by law to report each time they take in or release a bald eagle and carcasses must be sent to a specific location. Wildlife officials in Virginia said a Norfolk woman didn’t follow protocol and is now not allowed to care for them.
If you are going to care for bald eagles and other wildlife you must follow strict state laws.
“It’s a way of providing information to the state to make sure they know who’s rehabbing what,” said George Mathews Jr. with Virginia Living Museum.
“When I was a kid there weren’t bald eagles in this area. Now, they’ve gone from federally endangered to threaten, still protected,” Mathews said. “You can see them throughout the Chesapeake Bay area. They made a great comeback because of changes and rules and regulations.”
No charges have been filed. Pearl said she’s cooperating with the investigation and has filed an appeal.
Wildlife Center of Virginia is currently taking care of the animals seized from Beamer’s home, WTKR reported.
Two dead bald eagles and a living bald eagle known to have roamed the area are missing, wildlife officials told WTKR. The report did not mention that Beamer was involved in their disappearance.