If you have pets weighing less than 12 lbs, make sure you keep a close eye on them when they are outside. As a hawk or other predatory bird may choose them for a quick meal. Predatory birds are buzzards, eagles, kites and harriers etc. Predatory birds have the strength to pick up your beloved pet. Depending on the weight and size of your pet.
You may be outside taking your dog outside to go pee. While you stand on the porch in view. You notice a bird flying overhead, circling. It comes closer as it is sizing up your pet to determine if it can pick your pet up as the hawk is hungry looking for a meal. You’re in awe of seeing the hawk in flight. Not realizing what it is doing. All a sudden it swoops down and grabs your pet. It flies away as you scream in fear.
If you would have took a step off that porch and stood near your dog, the hawk would notice. It would size you up to see if you were a threat. It would check to see how far away you were from your pet and if you are paying attention. If you aren’t, it will have dinner. If you are alert, the bird will fly away.
I am not making this up to scare anyone or to induce fear when your pet is outside. I am telling you to make you aware of what can happen. As it happens all to often. Carrying a long stick or something to wave in the air when a predatory bird approaches close. Lets the hawk know if it comes closer. It will have a fight on its hand. A hungry hawk doesn’t mean it wants to fight for its dinner. Thus, it will deter the hawk to look elsewhere for dinner.
I grew up with a hawks nest right in my backyard. On the family’s 15 acre farm. In the fall and winter when the leaves fall off the trees. You could see the hawk’s nest through the kitchen window. It was huge. Feral and outside cats didn’t stand a chance. Any small animal would be a hawk’s dinner.
A responsible pet owner will be aware of the wildlife in the area. In order to ensure their pet’s safety, by taking the right precautions. Knowing is half the battle in protecting our pets.
Have you had an encounter with a predatory bird and your pet?
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Photos are from Pixabay, a free use photo website. Photos are of hawks and other predatory birds.