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Raptor/Hawk Rescue and Rehabilitation

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Treatment of injured and sick birds of prey has been focused on in the last two decades. In the past 5 years, it has been seen an increase in worldwide raptor centers. These raptor centers involve veterinarians and biologists in the process of rehabilitation. Rehabilitation centers were established as people were more concerned about saving the injured wildlife animals. The primary objective of the rehabilitation center is to return the wild animal to the wildlife. As you can see that there are a lot of hawks and raptors flying in the sky. They find a predator and attack it by closing their wings. They come down very fast and catch the prey.

Most injuries happen when the raptor comes in contact with human beings. Other injuries commonly result from collisions with cars, barbed wire, or windows. Some of the hawks bear injuries as a result of fishing leg hold traps and fishing lines. Adult hawks are cared for by their parents when they are nestling and the time after leaving the nest as well. They do not leave the nest until unless they master flying. So they can get injured in many ways. They can fall from the nest or they can fall during their flights.

What to do when you find a sick or injured raptor?

First of all when you find an injured, sick, or orphaned hawk then you must contact the nearby license wildlife rehabilitator. If you are unable to do so then you should take care after checking that it is injured and need our help.

We rehabilitate the Wildlife hawk/raptors and we are a licensed fish and wildlife rehabilitator in Oklahoma. When we find an injured hawk then the first thing that we provide is first aid. We provide the following things in first aid

  • For managing dehydration, we give oral fluid therapy.
  • Then we place the heating pad covered in a towel around the bird or we put it into the incubator or warm room temperature.
  • If the bird is eating, it may not need any heat supplementation.
  • Place the bird in a quiet area away from birds and humans.
  • Stabilizing the broken bones using bandages.

Many types of injuries need to be cured on time and rehabilitators must put their efforts to do so.

Veterinary care:

Veterinary care is required for the hawk or any other bird. X-rays are required for the assessment and treatment of the broken bones and other injuries. Medications like pain killers and antibiotics are given after the consultation with a doctor.

Handling raptors;

If you handle the bird correctly then there are rare chances of getting injured on both sides. The main defense mechanism of raptors is their talons. When a person handles them they abruptly try to attack with their talons. When you are about to handle them, you need to put gloves on your hands and a towel on the bird when it is facing away from you. Then handle it gently so that it cannot get hurt.


Hospital cages are used after their medical treatment and they keep them quiet and secure while monitoring and treatment. You should insert the raptor’s tail into the plastic bag and staple the bag to hold the tail in place. The cage must be having the heating pad covered in a towel. When they are grown enough and have developed their feathers then you should shift them to the cage in which they can fly. Place branches, stools, and swings inside the cage so that it can get a different place to fly. Hang the wooden blocks as well for its sitting. There should always be a freshwater source so that it can stay hydrated.


They eat carrion and live prey. Animas that are killed on the roads is a good diet for hawks. First of all, they should not be hand-fed by inexperienced people. Mix cat food, cat biscuits with water and feed them. You can also offer them the fresh red meat r mixture of insects. Raptor should be weighed daily to monitor the weight gain during the rehabilitation period. If the raptor is not gaining weight then cut the food into small pieces. They love to eat the live prey so try to provide them the live insects. While you are feeding, always try to keep the handling time short as possible. If you make the room darker and there is no human being, it will help the raptor to reduce stress during feeding.

Criteria of release:

When you see that

  • Courses treatments and medications are completed and injuries have healed.
  • The bird should be able to fly and can gain vertical lift.
  • The body weight and condition should be good.
  • Check the feathers that they are in good condition.
  • The bird should be adult enough that can breed in the wild.

How to release:

Transport the raptor from the rehabilitation center and release directly into the forest park in Oklahoma. If it is possible and safe then release it where you originally found it.

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