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Jefferson County Animal Control Officer captures goshawk

Posted at 10:16 AM, Feb 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-08 12:16:20-05
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Jefferson County Animal Control Officer Hubrecht poses with a goshawk recovered while on patrol. (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

JEFFERSON COUNTY – The work of an Animal Control officer can be routine, sometimes dangerous and quite possibly a little strange.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reports Officer Hubrecht was called out on a snowy day this week to track down a goshawk that escaped from the owner then attacked a dog.

It doesn’t look like there was much of a struggle to get control of the bird used in falconry, as it was found perched on a toy truck atop someone’s backyard deck.

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“Failed getaway attempt” (Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office)

A tweet jokingly referred to this as a “failed getaway attempt.” Apparently the bird is not much of a fan of cold weather.

The Sheriff’s Office did not detail on the severity of the injuries to the dog, or if there will be any action taken against the goshawk’s owner.

Goshawks are popular for those who practice falconry, the use of trained birds of prey to hunt small wild animals.

LEARN MORE: International Association for Falconry