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Washington Square Mom with a completely crippled right foot from a band which was badly fitted on her for more than a year.

This is one of the many responses I received from Bruce Peterjohn, Head of the Bird Banding Lab which is responsible for this horrible situation.

Subject: Re: Red Tail Hawk with bad band.
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2010 17:00:00 -0500

Dear Mr. Karim:
With all due respect, your photographs do not support your claim that the Red-tailed Hawk's leg is impaired by the bird band. Your photos show that the bird is very capable of using that leg to capture prey (a squirrel), carry prey, and to dismember prey. In essence, it is behaving as a normal wild raptor. We see no need to take any action at this time, but are willing to reassess the situation should circumstances change.

Bruce Peterjohn
Bird Banding Lab
USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
12100 Beech Forest Rd.
Laurel, MD 20708
phone: (301) 497-5646
From: Lincoln_Karim S Karim
To: Peter John
Date: 12/16/2010 11:25 PM
Subject: Red Tail Hawk with bad band.

Washington Sq Dad hunting rats in the park.

Washington Sq Dad hunting in the park.

Washington Sq Dad.

Washington Sq Mom still managing to hunt on her own with just one foot.

Photographed in Washington Sq & Central Park, Saturday November 26, 2011.

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