July 3, 2007
America Outdoors E-News
||IRS Warns of New E-Mail Scam
||The Internal Revenue Service recently
alerted taxpayers to the latest versions of an e-mail scam intended to fool
people into believing they are under investigation by the agency's Criminal
purporting to be from IRS Criminal Investigation falsely states that the person
is under a criminal probe for submitting a false tax return to the California
Franchise Tax Board. The e-mail seeks to entice people to click on a link or
open an attachment to learn more information about the complaint against them.
The IRS warned people that the e-mail link and attachment is a Trojan Horse
that can take over the person's computer hard drive and allow someone to have
remote access to the computer.
The IRS does not send out unsolicited e-mails or ask
for detailed personal and financial information. Additionally, the IRS
never asks people for the PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access
information for their credit card, bank or other financial
Recipients should forward
the e-mails to email@example.com (follow
e-mail scams try to entice taxpayers to click their way to a fake IRS Web site
and ask for bank account numbers. Another widespread e-mail tells taxpayers the
IRS is holding a refund (often $63.80) for them and seeks financial account
information. Still another email claims the IRS's 'anti-fraud commission' is
investigating their tax returns.
||Bald Eagle Delisted but New Restrictions
May Be Imposed
||On June 28, 2007, the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (FWS) decided to remove the bald eagle from the federal list
of threatened and endangered species, and thus remove the eagle from protection
under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In a related action, FWS has
strengthened protections for eagles under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection
A Summary of the
related actions is provided below.
The new regulatory
definition of "disturb" makes it unlawful "to agitate or bother a bald or
golden eagle to a degree that causes, or is likely to cause, based on the best
scientific information available, (1) injury to an eagle, (2) a decrease in its
or (3) nest abandonment
." 72 Fed. Reg. 31132, 31140
- " A final rule at 72
Fed. Reg. 31132 (June 5, 2007) codifies a definition of "disturb" that will
broaden the statutory prohibition against "take" of eagles under the BGEPA.
"Take" has a broad legal meaning that includes disturbing eagles in a way that
might disrupt breeding or nesting.
- FWS also issued new
National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines. The Management Guidelines suggest
that "routine activities" that predate successful nesting, are unlikely to
"disturb" eagles. Specific direction is given in the guidelines to different
activities, such as use of motorized watercraft, helicopter over-flight, and
non motorized recreation. Restrictions on new construction and oil and gas
development are the most stringent where the activities do not pre-date
successful nesting. Recreational activities, such as kayaking, canoeing,
hunting and similar non motorized activities that existed prior to nesting, are
not likely to disturb eagles (and may continue unabated), according to the
guidelines. If the use did not pre-date successful nesting, then a 330 foot
buffer around the nest is recommended during breeding season. These
requirements impact any user, not just those operating on federal lands. Click
here to download the new Bald Eagle
- FWS has issued a
proposed rule to create a permit program to authorize limited take of bald and
golden eagles where the take is associated with, and not the purpose of,
otherwise lawful activities. 72 Fed. Reg. 31141 (June 5, 2007).
also provide recommendations for avoiding disturbance at foraging areas and
communal roost sites. Guidelines at 14. These include:
activities in eagles' flight paths.
water-dependent facilities away from eagle foraging areas.
- Avoiding boating and
fishing near eagle foraging areas.
- Not using explosives
within ½ mile (1 mile in open areas) of eagle roosts.
- Locating aircraft
corridors no closer than 1,000 feet from roost sites.
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