Hey, all. I live on 28 acres in NC and I have a few minor predator problems when it comes to my chickens. One new one was a small greyish hawk that was harassing my terror-stricken chooks a couple days ago. It dive-bombed the run a couple times and swooped around before perching in a tree once he saw me step out into the yard. I took my trusty .22 rifle and fired a shot at the ground in hopes that the noise would scare him. It did, but due to the random screams I've heard from the run here and there since then, I have a feeling he's not gone for good.
He's not a large bird by any means and is about as big as my 3-month old Russian Orloff cockerel. However, size matters not in the world of the Birds of Prey, and I don't think this hawk will let a big chicken get him down if he's hungry.
Is there any way I can dispose of this pest legally? I know it's against the law to poach birds of prey, but what about when they're trying to kill your pets? It takes too long for these crazy environmentalist people to come out to my place to remove animals, and how on earth they'd be able to remove a hawk is beyond my mind to understand. If you've got any suggestions, please let me know. I fear that if I don't do something soon, I might be a few chickens short in a week or two. It saddens me because, if there is any predator that I have any affection for, it is birds of prey, merely 'cause they're birds and not mammal varmint like dogs and raccoons.
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