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'Yuge' red-tailed hawks can't lift more than 3 pounds

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To The Daily Sun,

An Oct. 7 letter to the editor about yuge red-tailed hawks in the Laconia-Belmont area states that the writer was informed by “New Hampshire Fish and Game... that they can easily pick up any small animal or human up to their weight of 15 to 18 pounds, and seriously injure larger beings while trying to carry them. They also said that these birds might fly south for the winter but were not sure.”

This is alarming news indeed, since ordinary red-tailed hawks weigh a maximum of about 3 pounds and can’t even lift their own weight. They look bigger because their wingspan is about 4 feet, but that’s mostly feathers. Hawks may attack larger animals on the ground, often in defense of their nests, without trying to fly off with them. So will unladen swallows.

The writer is afraid for her puppy, and states she saw a hawk swoop on her two 85-95 pound dobermans, and therefore wants to rescind a New Hampshire law protecting them that was supposedly passed in 2016. She seems to be referring to HB 373 from 2015, “establishing the red-tailed hawk as the New Hampshire state raptor.” This bill would have added no new protections, and was defeated, because apparently hawks support Planned Parenthood. I kid you not – Google it.

Ordinary red-tailed hawks eat small mammals and yes, the occasional chicken, and they have been protected not only by the state, but also by federal law since 1921. They migrate from northern New Hampshire, but are resident year-round in the southern part of the state. I have no idea where this trumped-up yuge red-tailed hawk goes in winter; possibly to Florida to play golf.

Have these yuge hawks gotten into whatever substances the letter writer is using? It might explain the alternative facts she presents.

In any case, people with chipmunk-sized puppies should definitely keep them indoors to be safe from hawks and other predators, including mammals. Word about easy targets spreads fast on the fox news network.

Sincerely (?)
Ralph Kirshner
New Hampton