As humans encroach more and more onto wildlife habitat, humane societies are learning to care for more than just dogs and cats. Take the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society, for instance. Located about an hour’s drive southwest of Toronto, the human society has rehabbed and released five red-tailed hawks in the past four years alone, including two this past Thursday.
“The animal habitat is changing with the city,” Amy Gruber, community relations manager of the Kitchener-Waterloo Humane Society told the Waterloo Region Record. “It’s nice to be able to see wildlife, but you have to be aware.”
While one of the hawks released last week just needed some attention paid to its banged up feet, the other, named Skye, was in dire straights when she was found by a humane society animal services office last autumn. She had collided with a vehicle and in the process had one of her toes cut off. Thankfully, the Ontario Veterinary College at the nearby University of Guelph was able to reattach the digit. She then spent this past winter rehabbing at the Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control facility in Halton Hills. And while clashes between hawks and humans are bound to happen, the birds will learn to adapt to their surroundings.
“Hawks will adapt and learn that they can’t go over a highway chasing a rabbit,” explained Hawkeye Bird and Animal Control’s Dan Frankian to the Waterloo Region Record.
Nevertheless, it is still a good idea to keep a hawk-eye out to avoid clashing with our feathered friends in the sky.