Police Warn Pet Owners Of Dangerous Hawks In Hinsdale

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urbanperegrines:

Do read the roster of comments after this piece, especially the exceptionally stupid one about hawks making off with human infants. If only, since people can’t seem to be bothered about birth control.

Originally posted on CBS Chicago:

HINSDALE, Ill. (CBS) — Police in west suburban Hinsdale are warning owners of small pets about an airborne predator.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports, at least twice in the past month, a hawk has swooped down and attacked small dogs. Hinsdale police say in one case, the dog suffered serious injuries and required extensive medical treatment.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Roberts reports

Both dogs weighed less than 20 pounds.

The Willowbrook Wildlife Center tells police and pet owners that cats, rabbits and small dogs are all easy prey for hawks, even if the pets are fenced in.

They say one way to scare off a hawk is to keep an umbrella or coat nearby to make yourself appear larger.

Numerous species of hawks are found in Illinois, including the red-tailed hawk, the Cooper’s hawk, the northern harrier, the rough-legged hawk, the broad-winged hawk and the red-shouldered hawk.

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