Birds Attack Dogs

Birds Attack Dogs

It's not a plane - it's not even Superman....it's a bird.

Really?

Police in Hinsdale, IL are warning dog owners about the threat of bird attacks after two reports of large birds — possibly hawks — attacking small dogs in the past in March.

In one case, police said, the bird severely injured the dog. Both dogs that were attacked weighed less than 20 pounds.

The Willowbrook Wildlife Center recommended keeping small pets (cats, rabbits, ferrets and also pet parrots) indoors and not allowing any pet under about 20 lbs. to run free at any time. Also, cover all trash cans.

The Wildlife Center has an interesting idea, pet owners should keep an umbrella or coat available to make themselves appear larger if needed to scare away other animals.

My guess - it's possible the eagles or hawks had chicks early due to our run of warm weather, and are desperate to feed them. Or perhaps there's a rise in hawk or eagle population numbers, which I generally think is a good thing.

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  • Between coyotes and now hawks, I guess it doesn't pay to be a small dog.

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