Drone sends young hawk to hospital

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A young hawk is being rehabilitated in a Wilson, Wyoming facility after being driven from its nest in Eastern Idaho.

An area resident reported that neighbors were flying a drone above the nest to get a better view of the parents and their baby hawks. The drone spooked the parents, causing them to flee the scene and one of their nestlings to fall to the ground. The individuals retrieved the baby Red-tailed Hawk and kept it for two days while feeding it worms and fish, which is not a typical diet for these birds.

Then, learning about Teton Raptor Center‘s work to care for injured, ill, and orphaned raptors and corvids, the family helped transport the bird to the Wilson, Wyoming facility.




Following surgery for a broken wing, the young hawk is getting bigger and stronger every day and shares an enclosure in the ICU with an adult Red-tailed Hawk that is also recovering from a broken wing. That older bird is serving as a foster parent.

The center urges the public to call their local wildlife rehabilitation center as soon as possible If they encounter a bird in need of help or medical care. They also caution drone pilots to avoid harassing nesting birds in their desire to get a better look at them.

To help support their efforts, visit https://tetonraptorcenter.org

 

screengrab: tetonraptorcenter.org

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