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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-10-2011, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Eagle/Hawk worries

We live in a very populated suburb of Chicago. The other night I was walking our little 5 pound 12 week old puppy, Maggie, and a hawk? flew over us. I got scared and carried her the rest of the way home--the hawk was perched up on the street light watching us. Then last night we were in our back yard. We always let Maggie run loose in the yard when we're out there as it's fenced and safe (we thought) for her. All of a sudden an eagle? was on the ground in our yard. Thank God Maggie was right by me on the patio and I quickly picked her up. My husband attempted to scare the bird away, but it did not leave until it was good and ready. Yelling at it had no effect whatsoever. We both had nightmares about this last night because we know this eagle only came into our yard because it had spotted Maggie. We have lived here 32 years and have never seen a hawk or eagle. We are pretty sure it was an eagle last night--the bird was enormous. I kept Maggie on a leash outside all day today and think we may have to do this forever. All I've done is look up at the sky all day watching for predators. Very scary. Has this happened to anyone else?
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In the Pacific Northwest eagles are fairly common, as well as some hawks and an occasional owl. I never let my pup out alone because of this, not until he was full grown, (13 pounds,) and not for more than a couple minutes, then. I still didn't let him out alone at all if I knew the eagles were around.

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I think it won't be a worry for any full-grown or close to full-grown havanese. I can't imagine the eagle that would try to pick up a full-grown hav! If you are worried, then for sure stick close to Maggie until she grows big enough to not be a worry, but, no, you will not have to worry about this forever!

By the way, where's the requisite pic of your beloved Maggie?
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I don't let my guys out alone - even my 13 lb. boy. I also live in the Pacific NW and have seen eagles, hawks and owls. There are also coyotes and raccoons. Several neighborhood cats have gone missing.

There was an article a few months ago where a fawn was found draped over a power line around Missoula, Mt., I believe it was. It was thought, if I remember the story correctly, that possibly an eagle or hawk had tried to carry it off and had dropped it. Certainly a fawn is larger than our Havs??

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That really is scary!!! Been there done that!!I live in the chicago burbs also! Had the same concerns, but now that Whimsy is grown I can't imagine a hawk picking up an 11 lb dog. That being said, she does not go out alone in the yard even tho its fenced..... I worry about coyotes in our area too.
She is piddle pad trained so I don't have to let her out at night if I can't go out andbe with her. So let see some pictures!!

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I used to have small eagles and hawks where I lived. I ended up running fishing line over my fence! It looked like a prison. Birds don't like reflective stuff. You can get one of those a mirrored pin wheel and put it on the fence. You can also get a fake owl. I have a fake owl in my yard

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I worried when Jack came home because last summer we had two juvenile hawks hunting together. You could see them circling the neighborhood. Now that Jack is around 17 lbs., I am not as worried. However, we do go in if I see a hawk.


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Even though an eagle or hawk might not be able to lift your pet, they can do terrible damage with their talons while trying to do so.

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Even though an eagle or hawk might not be able to lift your pet, they can do terrible damage with their talons while trying to do so.
That's right. I don't believe that even an eagle can lift an animal as big as even a new born fawn... I have no idea how one got on the electrical wires, but if I had to guess, it would be a human prank. I don't even think they can lift the average full-grown Hav.

That said, as Sheri said, they can do terrible damage if they try. There was a large hawk in the northern Boston suburbs earlier this year that attacked several small dogs. It wasn't able to carry any of them away, (and they were smaller than Havs) but the owner of one of the dogs (a Pomeranian) was Interviewed, and her poor little dog needed hundreds of stitches to put him back together. He was lucky to be alive.

I never heard what happened... whether the hawk moved on, or whether the authorities did something about it. But it seems pretty clear that it was the same bird in each instance, because the attacks were all close together. The wildlife officials did say that this is a very rare occurance, especially with a bird that seems to be purposely targeting dogs.

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I saw the article about the fawn, too. And, authorities were speculating that it had been dropped by a bird of prey. That would have to have been a mighty big bird!

I have also read stories of pets getting into scrapes with birds of prey in back yards, so it's always a good idea to be on the lookout. We occasionally have hawks and owls in our neighborhood. I doubt there's a huge risk, but it's one of the things I consider when we have backyard time.
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