The Red Tailed Hawk:
From West Virginia's Capitol Building, Pictured in the first link, you need drive only a few miles to see wildlife. Deer have visited the Capitol, Squirrels live on it's grounds. Black Bears have been to the edge of town.
Last summer, a Red Tailed Hawk, pictured in the second link, decided that the Capitol Grounds was the perfect place to hang out, with all of the trees and grass, the river near by and all the food a hawk could ask for, living right there on the grounds. Many witnessed the Hawk in action, from standing in a tree, watching the squirrels, to picking one out, launching from his pearch and killing and eating the Squirrel. Animal rights people were aghast, wanting the Hawk removed from the grounds to protect the city Squirrels, others wanted it removed to prevent children from seeing the carnage, while others, including myself, said leave it alone, few other Capitols could be a place for humans and nature in harmony. Everybody, including children, should see nature in action.
What would you do?
If you chose other, please post what you would do.
I will come back in one week, after Hawk returns from vacation, and tell you what was or wasn't done.
Edited by Certifiably Cait, 02 September 2012 - 03:24 PM.