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Old 11-16-2011, 09:40 AM
 
Location: North of Hell, South of Heaven.
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^This. Me personally, I never had to watch my dog when I let him out to do his business, due to a tall and sturdy fence and the fact that if a hawk or practically any other animal attacked or messed with him, I'd most likely be coming outside prepared to have a good laugh at my blood and guts covered buddy (RIP Buddy)
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Charlotte. NC
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As I was sitting here reading these responses, I looked out the window as the bird flew onto the fence again, sat there for a few seconds, then flew off! This is the second time in 2 days that I have seen it and have never seen this type of bird in my yard in the past year. It was in the same exact spot! By the time I got the camera, it was gone...
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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Hawks keep the rodent population under control. If your dog is the size of a rodent don't let it outside during Hawk season.
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Old 11-16-2011, 11:47 AM
 
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My go to plan if the hawk is a confirmed threat to your pet is to end it as humanely as possible. But I'm dubious as to the legality of that method in the city of Charlotte. After scanning relevant laws, it would appear you are stuck having to call and deal with (the incompetent and always not on time in my experience) Animal Control department, assuming the hawk shows an interest in your dog.
What??? It is a human trait to kill everything that affects us negatively in any way. I understand that. Maybe try keeping an eye on the pet would be a better idea in this situation.

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Just recently, for the first time in my life, I've heard squirrels being taken by birds of prey. We have owls in our neighborhood, as well as a falcon. It's not a pleasant sound.

You might contact the Raptor Center to see if they have any recommendations to discourage the hawk from sticking around. I think killing should be a last resort (not to mention illegal) - they're important to maintain a balance, as well as being beautiful, fascinating creatures.

I had never thought about our kitty being attacked. I'll need to go out with her from now on! She's such a sweetie, I'd hate it if anything happened to her.
It's not any resort, let alone a last one. It's nature. It's not always pleasant for us to witness. Adapt to it.
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:38 PM
 
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Coastal Girl & Krockus - "How Selfish" and "Wildlife is a pain in the ass". Maybe if a coyote would drag off one of your kids, it wouldn't be so humerous or saracastic. It's been known to happen. There are alot of dog/cat lovers out there who would think you are plain ignorant. I cannot imagine how traumatic this would be to witness and you joke about it. I'm from AZ and we don't think twice about shooting at illegals coming up on our property and I'm a pretty good shot. That damn bird can go sit his ass down somewhere else or he may be dinner tonight. Ever have javelina for dinner? If you're on my property, you're fair game. I'm not playin when some wildlife threatens one of my pets.
Mod Cut. Yeah, I'm also a Yankee (I know you Sweet Southerns aren't fond of us), but I shot quite a few deer growing up in Pa. CH14, contact me. Blow his feathers off, but when Enviromental picks him up, he'll look like a freakin Bald Eagle.

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Old 11-17-2011, 04:46 AM
 
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Maybe if a coyote would drag off one of your kids, it wouldn't be so humerous or saracastic. It's been known to happen.
Epic! Thanks for backing me up Carmen! I managed to sketch this section-view of the nightmare you just described...

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Old 11-17-2011, 06:58 AM
 
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It is funny how many of us want to get away from a pure urban (concrete & asphalt) address into a natural/wild setting. And after we move in the natural setting, we want to change nature to a urban setting...

It makes sense that if you have a small pet (that it is fair target by wild birds/animals), any owners should walk/stay with him. Killing a raptor does not mean that there will be no other predators that could get your pet. You should never have peace of mind with a small pet alone in natural settings backyard.

Bottom line, since you choose the natural settings to live in, adapt your life style to it and accompany/protect your pet when outside. If you prefer to have peace of mind (with them outside by themselves) then move to a fenced in urban surrounding...
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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Coastal Girl & Krockus - "How Selfish" and "Wildlife is a pain in the ass". Maybe if a coyote would drag off one of your kids, it wouldn't be so humerous or saracastic. It's been known to happen. There are alot of dog/cat lovers out there who would think you are plain ignorant. I cannot imagine how traumatic this would be to witness and you joke about it. I'm from AZ and we don't think twice about shooting at illegals coming up on our property and I'm a pretty good shot. That damn bird can go sit his ass down somewhere else or he may be dinner tonight. Ever have javelina for dinner? If you're on my property, you're fair game. I'm not playin when some wildlife threatens one of my pets.
Mod Cut. Yeah, I'm also a Yankee (I know you Sweet Southerns aren't fond of us), but I shot quite a few deer growing up in Pa. CH14, contact me. Blow his feathers off, but when Enviromental picks him up, he'll look like a freakin Bald Eagle.
do you eat raw meat too?
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:33 AM
 
Location: CLT native
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Hawks keep the rodent population under control. If your dog is the size of a rodent don't let it outside during Hawk season.
+1

We have a red-tail hawk that hangs out in our cul-de-sac and hunts in the woods behind our homes.

Our dog is a miniature white schnauzer and I don't leave him out unattended.
I am not angry about it. I marvel at hawks and birds of prey and realize that I have a responsibility as a small dog owner to protect my pet and yet co-exist with nature's wonders.
It's not rocket science.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Charlotte NC
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There is also more than one hawk in Charlotte.... you can't kill them all.
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