Falconer Hired To Capture Attacking Hawk In Fairfield

HARTFORD, CT (CBSNewYork) – You may remember that hawk that has been attacking people in Connecticut. Well, now something is being done about it.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

Two red-shouldered hawks are nesting near Fairfield Ludlowe High School and recently, several students walking on or near the campus have been attacked by one of them.

Milan Bull of the Connecticut Audubon Society says the hawk, perceiving his targets as a threat, attacks the top of the head, swooping in from behind, and with sharp talons, opens up quite a cut.

“This is very very rare. I’ve never heard of this behavior before in red-shouldered hawks,” he told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has sent in a falconer to capture the bird and temporarily keep it in captivity.

Will the absence of the hawk will leave its mate in saddened state?

“They may mate for life, but they don’t mourn for a minute. This will bird will, undoubtedly, go find another mate, start another nest somewhere else, and live quite a happy life,” he said.

Have you been hit? Share your story in the comments section below!

  • vtmarmota

    What knuckleheaded bureaucrat in the Fish and Wildlife department made the call to capture the male? Unusual behavior? Most species are territorial and will defend with all means available. A teaching moment clearly missed. Stay away from wild creatures especially during breeding season. Shameful but all too typical human response.

  • dou dou

    What, he can’t capture both of them so they can stay together? Birds do mourn the loss of their mate:


  • Peep

    Those Hawks need to be taught who is on top the food chain.

  • AnimalsTalkToMe

    “They may mate for life, but they don’t mourn for a minute” Is that what the hawk told you? Or did the tree tell you that? Maybe you shouldn’t comment for animals who can’t speak for themselves, kook.

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