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What are the consequences for killing endangered animals?

Updated June 15, 2017

The Endangered Species Act is the government policy that determines how endangered species are regulated. If you violate it by killing an endangered animal, you will have committed a serious crime punishable by large fines and jail time.

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According to The Endangered Species Act, any persons who bring danger or death to an endangered animal can receive fines up to £65,000.


Persons prosecuted for killing or harming an endangered animal can spend up to one year in jail in addition to their fine.


If an organisation or corporation is caught killing or harming an endangered animal, it can be fined up to £130,000. These offences usually occur as corporations build new structures where endangered wildlife live.


According to The Endangered Species Act, law enforcement and government officials have the right to seize any vehicles, traps or other equipment used to threaten endangered wildlife. This can include a business's construction equipment and materials.

Bald Eagles

Bald eagles are under a special protected class. If you kill or harm an endangered bald eagle you can face fines from £162,500 to £325,000 and face felony charges that include jail time.


If you witness someone harming or killing an endangered animal and report it, you could receive a cash reward from the government. These rewards are usually only given if the person is found and convicted.

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About the Author

Heather Downey

Heather has more than 5 years experience as a home and garden expert, both in a leadership position with the nation's top home and garden superstore, and as a freelance writer.

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