Hawks and Dogs

jeffcojoe

6 pointer
Aug 8, 2002
186
Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
Anyone here ever personally had a Hawk attack your dog? Cat? Neighborhood in an uproar after someone facebooked a dire warning that the hawks were coming for their dogs. Same neighborhood where another neighbor wont let her kids play in her backyard because the deer will jump over the fence and attack them. Yeah...you guessed it...Louisville....
 

Rodeo man

8 pointer
Aug 31, 2011
672
I watched a hawk get one of my barn cats once. Wouldn't necessarily write it down as an actual loss. Not that far fetched that one could get a little lap dog. I'd more Leary of a yote than a hawk.
 

Zeb

8 pointer
May 20, 2008
606
Goshen, KY
My wife works at UofL and it's not uncommon for squirrels to get picked off by hawks. Keep in mind that these are fat cheeto eating squirrels and I'd say they're in the same ballpark as a cat or lap dog. Everyone really liked the hawks at first because they just hammered the pigeons that were a nuisance. Then they moved on to the squirrels -
 

muddhunter

12 pointer
Oct 18, 2005
4,814
louisville
I've seen one take a run at a shitzu while having a cup of coffee (me not the shitzu) in the back yard. (Not my "dog"). Flipped her end over end and she got up and went after the hawk that overshot her a bit. Hawk would have struggled carrying her off but was willing to try. I want to say it was early spring a couple years back.
 

davers

12 pointer
Jul 14, 2014
4,834
Kentucky
I've had harvested Squirrels taken from me by Hawks. One time, I just shot a Squirrel and as soon as it hit the ground a huge Hawk swooped down and grabbed it and flew off. He was siting in a large oak tree, watching the same Squirrel as I, and when I shot the Squirrel, the Hawk made his move. UNBELIEVABLE!!
 
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Iceman35

12 pointer
Oct 27, 2008
7,987
Boone County
Saw one take a run at a barn car once when I was a kid. It was a kitten so about the same size as a rabbit. Don't care for cats at all, so as said before, wouldn't be a big loss.
 

Iceman35

12 pointer
Oct 27, 2008
7,987
Boone County
The damHawks will kill cats. Saw it happen once.
The Hawks are protected and endangered?
There's one on every fence post, that's why we ain't got any Rabbits.
I completely disagree. We had a large population of hawks in Indiana growing up, and a huge rabbit population. We'd kill dozens per acre cutting and bailing hay. Hawks would line up to grab the carcasses.

I'd say coyotes are your likely reason for a low rabbit population.

Hawks aren't endangered.
 

stevenvalleyagain

10 pointer
Aug 15, 2005
1,693
Valley station
I completely disagree. We had a large population of hawks in Indiana growing up, and a huge rabbit population. We'd kill dozens per acre cutting and bailing hay. Hawks would line up to grab the carcasses.

I'd say coyotes are your likely reason for a low rabbit population.

Hawks aren't endangered.
I would say you are correct that coyotes kill more rabbits but hawks certainly kill them too. Hawks arent endangered but are federally protected. Sadly, its illegal to shoot them, no matter how high the population numbers get.
 

Iceman35

12 pointer
Oct 27, 2008
7,987
Boone County
I would say you are correct that coyotes kill more rabbits but hawks certainly kill them too. Hawks arent endangered but are federally protected. Sadly, its illegal to shoot them, no matter how high the population numbers get.
I realize they're protected.

I'm curious what empirical data, beyond personnel, biased observation, makes one come to the conclusion that the rabbit population has been decimated by hawks.
 

KY Swamp Beagler

12 pointer
Feb 20, 2011
3,825
the swamps of western KY
Owls take the heaviest toll on rabbits as they hunt at night. Then you've got hawks and house cats that kill hell out of them, too.

Coyotes and foxes are lower on the list.

What did the KY rabbit population in was a few things over the course of quite a few yeas: The steady loss of habitat. Then the harsh winter in 76 or 77 killed a bunch. And you have to throw in the rise of the raptor population and house cats.
 


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