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The hawk is one of the most majestic looking birds
that one will come across. These are absolutely
beautiful animals, which soar above their domain,
looking down below on potential sources of food
for them. They fly with incredible grace, and have
a beauty that is hard to describe beyond the word
While these are beautiful animals, they are also
extremely aggressive ones. Because there are very
few natural predators to the hawk, they are able
to soar and live without much concern about other
animals interfering in the processes of their
life. They are the king of the air, only surpassed
by the Eagle and some species of owl.
This is important information for you to know
because you may find a situation where a hawk has
gotten into your building. This can either be into
your home or your place of business, and you
clearly want this animal out. It poses a very
serious risk to you, your family, and your
employees, because you never know if these animals
will attack one of them. Hawks are very aggressive
creatures because they are used to being the kings
of the roost, and so they will attack if they feel
threatened in any way.
It is important to remember that not only are
these aggressive animals but they are wild ones at
that. Wild animals are very unpredictable, and
that can mean they can turn on you in a moments
notice. Forget these movies where a person has
tamed a hawk and takes it with them everywhere
they go; these are dangerous animals.
So, what do you do if a hawk gets stuck inside a
building where you live or work? The truth is that
you need to protect yourself, and so you need to
take actions that protect yourself while getting
the animal out.
One way you should most definitely avoid trying to
remove the animal is by holding some kind of bait
and attempting to lure the animal out of where it
is located. The animal may attack you directly,
which can be quite dangerous because their claws
are extremely sharp. This should never be
Instead, the best option is for you to try to use
a professional to capture this animal and remove
it. If you contact animal control, there is a good
likelihood that they would be willing to come out
and get the animal for you. They understand that
these are animals that would be dangerous for you
to come in contact with, and also may see that
there is value in taking the animal to a shelter
or returning it to a preserve.
You could also try contacting a nature preserve in
your area. They are likely to want to come and
retrieve this hawk for you. If not, they will have
good suggestions for you as to where you can go to
get your situation resolved. It doesn't hurt to at
least call them to see what they can tell you.
What if a Hawk Gets Stuck Inside a Building?
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The thing with bird-in-building-style situations is that no two situations will ever be exactly the same. Birds act very erratically when they are scared or threatened, and this is often the case with most wild animals, in fact. However, the problem is escalated when you're talking about a bird or other flying creature. They have the advantage of being able to escape quickly, easily, and before you've even realized what's going on. Good news of the bird, of course, but bad news for you.
Trying to catch a bird is basically impossible unless you have a plan. Larger birds will often chase down the smaller birds, and sometimes they fly right into larger buildings, particularly warehouses and large stores. Once inside, an escape route is seemingly invisible to the bird and although many homeowners often open all windows to try and encourage the bird to leave, it is actually sometimes a better idea just to have the one window open, and open very wide.
When birds get stuck inside smaller buildings or buildings with lots of things that can get knocked over, there's a good chance that the bird will make full use of the space they have inside, and they'll barge into everything and anything, breaking stuff. This is even more so the case if you're chasing them down with a blanker or something similar. You'll just get increasingly annoyed that you can't capture the flying beast, and the bird will just get more and more distressed. There's something you should know about birds too, even the bigger ones. It doesn't take much to distress them, and it actually doesn't take much to injure them too. Just the smallest grab from you might seem insignificant, but you could easily break bones if you're not careful. Even if you don't manage to get your hands on them, they'll be scared beyond belief. The stress of all this chasing around alone can be enough to actually scare them to death. Birds handle stress very badly.
The best thing to do when you have a bird inside a building, and definitely when you have a large bird, such as a hawk, is to turn all the lights off. Shut all windows, except one. It should be the largest one, and also the most obvious one. The bird will need to find it. The idea behind turning the lights off inside the building is to let the bright, natural light from the outside of the building guide the bird to safety. Lots of windows open will create lots of drafts and winds around the space, and this will, once again, confuse the bird. One window and all lights off — that's often the way to do it.
If you feel the need to shoo the bird along, make sure you do so safely. There's no need to go crawling any ladders or putting yourself in dangerous spots. There are bird removal experts who will do that for you, and they'll have all the right equipment necessary to get the job done safely, humanly and effectively. If you're climbing ladders, you'll need to have another person around to hold the ladder and make sure you're safe, and there's a good chance the bird will have flown off by the time you've even put your foot on the second rung. There's that flying advantage again.
Chasing the bird is not going to make life easier for you, and it's certainly not going to make life easier for the birds. Try the above method to remove hawks from buildings, and if all else fails, give the professionals a call. Don't harm yourself or the bird for the sake of a few bucks.
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