Laramie, WY – Teton County has reduced by at least half the distance that development is supposed to be kept away from bald eagle nests.
The county also has eliminated a requirement for developers to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service before they build inside the eagle nest setback zone.
Both changes conform to new federal rules that have been in effect since the bald eagle's removal from the endangered species list earlier this summer.
Under the change, the setback zone has been reduced from about 13-hundred feet to around 600 feet. In some cases, the zone could be as small as 330 feet.
There are 18 bald eagle nests on private land in Teton County. Another 19 nests are located on public land, including Grand Teton National Park.