This week, I was able to witness an incredible sight…a rehabilitated red-tailed hawk returned to her home territory here at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve. This hawk had been found about 2 months before on the ground in a neighborhood adjacent to the preserve. She had two puncture wounds on a very swollen leg, presumed to be a bite. She was on the ground, unable to fly and had a very poor grip; this is a critically dangerous situation for a raptor. She was rescued by a licensed rehabilitator and was eventually admitted to the Wildlife Center of Virginia in Waynesboro. After 2 months of treatment for her condition, this red-tailed hawk was ready to go home.
This dark phased, two year old female was banded at the Wildlife Center and released successfully at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Preserve in Portsmouth on March 5th. We hope that she will have many more good years of hunting these grounds. Some pictures of the release are posted on our Facebook page. Please enjoy these Pictures and Video taken by Linda Vetter at the release.
If you find injured wildlife, do not approach the animal. Wildlife is protected by legislation which makes it illegal for you to collect or contain them in any way. Instead, call a local, licensed rehabilitator or a Hampton Roads rehabilitation group, such as:
Wildlife Response 757.543-7000
Sacred Friends Inc. 757-855-2922 or 757-621-9626 (7 am – 7 pm)
Virginia Beach SPCA Wildlife Program 757-263-4762
There are many dedicated, highly trained volunteers that are able to respond quickly, assess the animal’s condition and help stabilize them. Look for a rehabilitator in your city or close to your locality. Rehabilitators from each of the Hampton Roads cities are able to respond outside of their home city.
Helen W. Kuhns, HCWF Executive Director