Wild weekend for Valley wildlife

Wild weekend for wildlife in the Valley

There are no routine calls when you are a police officer.

Take the one officers in Surprise responded to on May 28. They were called out to check on an injured animal in the 16800 block of West Lundberg Street.

When they got there, the guys from the Surprise Police Department Animal Control Unit found this guy, a 5-year-old red-tailed hawk.

Officer Mike Moore and Officer Summer Harris were careful in collecting the injured bird, the department says. The hawk was taken to Fallen Feathers, a wildlife rehab facility in northwest Phoenix, then to the North Central Animal Hospital, where Dr. Hillary Frank will do surgery on the hawk's broken wing Tuesday morning.

"It's very sad, Dr. Frank said. "These guys are so majestic. They're soaring in the air. They're very talented flyers. They really keep the rodent population down as well. It really is sad to see one of these birds down."

But the hawk shouldn't be down for long. Dr. Frank said it should be back in the wild in about two months.

It is the second time this year the Surprise Animal Control Unit has rescued a bird of prey.

In a separate case on May 31, Surprise police responded to a wildlife call near 163rd and Grand avenues.

Animal Control found a ring-tailed cat on the property. It was transported back to the Arizona Humane Society, then to the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center and eventually released because it was not hurt.

The ring-tailed cat was named the State Mammal of Arizona in August, 1986.

And Monday afternoon, Phoenix Police responded to a baby peregrine falcon that was on a parking garage near Jefferson and 4th Avenue. Officers called Arizona Game and Fish, who had been monitoring the falcon's nest on a ledge of the Maricopa County Administration Building across the street.

Rangers said the falcon tried to fly, but was too young - just about four weeks old - and ended up gliding to the parking garage. It wasn't hurt, so Game and Fish rangers transported him back to his nest. There are a total of five falcons there, but as of Monday afternoon, rangers were still looking for one of the baby's that was not in the area.

"In nature they like tall cliffs. They think the skyscrapers - the tall buildings - work really well," said Amy Burnett with Game and Fish. "So we provided a nesting area for them and that's how they're here in downtown Phoenix.

Burnett said if you see a hurt raptor do not approach it, especially if it's a baby, as the parents can be aggressive. Instead, call a rescue organization, animal control or Game and Fish.


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment