December 14, 2010
Falcons — Even Their Chicks and Fledglings — Targeted in Oregon
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is accepting public comment through Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, on its proposal to allow the capture of wild peregrine falcons for falconry. Even chicks and fledglings could be held in captivity for personal use. Furthermore, the proposal would let falconers raid more types of nests.
Tell ODFW to reject the proposal!
Wild falcons fly for miles a day with no boundaries, experiencing a level of freedom that is unparalleled by most creatures. Captive falcons may find themselves in an enclosure scarcely wider than their wingspan and with only a bar-covered window view to the outside world. They often are kept blind, with a hood, to avoid visual stimuli. Captivity prevents these amazing animals from fully expressing their natural behavior — behavior that has evolved over millions of years.
We engaged in a similar fight in Montana in February 2010 and lost. Please make sure we — and the falcons — don’t suffer a similar fate in Oregon. Write the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife to demand that wild peregrine falcons be left in the wild! You can also voice your opinion by attending the hearing at 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011, before the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, 3406 Cherry Avenue Northeast in Salem.