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Desert Bald Eagles like these two photographed on the shores of a Rim Country lake were among the species in the report.

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Eagle biologists’ report overruled by higher-ups

Desert bald eagle debate reveals how politics trumped science at Fish and Wildlife Service

The internal debate about whether to continue to protect the bald eagle population in Arizona offers an example of the mingling of politics and biology at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, concluded a report from the Office of the Inspector General.

Endangered Species process ‘abused’ by wildlife service

Report says three Rim Country species among those subject to manipulation by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife official in charge of protecting endangered species repeatedly “interjected herself personally and profoundly” to prevent the listing of species and used tactics that were “abrupt and abrasive, if not abusive” to intimidate and demoralize managers and biologists, concludes a recently released report from the Office of the Inspector General.

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