I have often wondered where the stuffed owls , hawks , eagles and other protected animals come from if they are .. indeed protected ? My aunt is sorta a self taught home brew taxidermist and has in the past found dead owls and hawks that were either hit by cars or have moved on from this world . Is it legal to get one stuffed if it died a natural death or hit by a car ? I would have to assume if there is no bullet wound or the like then what would be the big deal ? Do taxidermist have the big man breathing down their necks 24/7 also ?