returned to wild
donation of land
Express Staff Writer
ago Wendy Werth found an inured goshawk on her deck in the Starweather
Subdivision, north of Hailey.
apparently flew into one of the house’s windows in pursuit of prey. It
looked like it had broken a leg and wing.
King, of Sawtooth Animal Center in Bellevue, releases a goshawk
Saturday that he helped recuperate after being found injured at a
mid-valley home. Express photos by Willy Cook
Bob and son Casey took the goshawk to Jeff King, a veterinarian who
diagnosed swelling of the brain, but found no broken wing or leg on the
had the spins really bad," said King of Sawtooth Animal Center in
Bellevue. "He kept turning and flying to the left."
had straightened out and was flying right, by Saturday, however. So, King,
the Werths and Rescue Ranch founder and president Cheryl Welsh gathered at
the scene of the accident to release the bird.
Latin name is Accipiter gentilis for its nobility (gentilis) and ability
to seize its prey.
he was able to approximate the bird’s age at 11 months because of the
color of his irises and plumage.
eye goes from yellow to red, and he’ll have a black cap, gray body, and
barred black and gray tail," King said.
He held the
bird confined in a scarf-like Persian falconry device called an "aba"
before its release. When freed, it flew off straight, although a little
the hawk was released, King took him over to the window he crashed into
and said, "Bad window, bad."
from his high-pitched whistle, the bird got the message.
the goshawk was one of the lucky ones, since injured birds of prey, even
if found, often don’t survive because there are more injured birds than
that federal law governs that if an injured bird of prey cannot be
rehabilitated within three months, it must be euthanized.
If it can
be rehabilitated but cannot be released into the wild, it still must be
euthanized, unless it can be used in an educational program.
the example of a golden eagle he had recently treated.
was so badly injured, that he had to amputate the end of it. Luckily for
the eagle, an educational purpose was found for it.
Rescue Ranch, south of Bellevue, would be a place to rehabilitate hurt and
unwanted animals of all kinds, and to use the animals for educational
programs in the Wood River Valley.
however, is still in need of a home, so Welsh used the goshawk’s release
as an opportunity "to plea for land."
investment adviser and 20-year resident of the Wood River Valley, Welsh
came up with the idea of the Rescue Ranch along with several others in
is modeled somewhat after an animal sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, called Best
information, call Welsh at 788-9167.