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    Will a hawk attack a small dog?

    Our Yorkie was outside just a couple minutes ago and our lab wanted to go out really bad so I let him out and he took off across the yard right at a Red-Tailed hawk sitting on our fence. It was sitting there looking at our little dog. It flew off when our lab chased it off, but will they attack a small dog? She's about 9lbs. Just wondering if I should be worried about her being out there by herself if it is still around.



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    YES they will. I would not let him out alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bsktball55 View Post
    Our Yorkie was outside just a couple minutes ago and our lab wanted to go out really bad so I let him out and he took off across the yard right at a Red-Tailed hawk sitting on our fence. It was sitting there looking at our little dog. It flew off when our lab chased it off, but will they attack a small dog? She's about 9lbs. Just wondering if I should be worried about her being out there by herself if it is still around.
    My brother had a wiener dog and was letting it run around my parents front yard, when a red tailed hawk came down and swooped, just missing it. The answer is yes.

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    absolutely yes, a good size hawk will not hesitate to attack a 9lb yorkie.........how much damage can/will it do?
    Depends on how tough that Yorkie is I guess, because it's not going to be able to just swoop down and fly away with it.
    Seen hawks/falcons swoop down on rabbits and give'em a "kill shoot" just from the force that they hit the rabbit with.
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    9#? Lunch to a hawk. Better be careful.


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    Guess I'll be watching her out there. My wife would kill me if something happened to her little princess. I guess it was a good thing that the big dog was looking out for her.



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    I have seen on Animal Kingdom that a red tailed hawk thinks Yorkies taste just like chicken so the answer is yes.

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    Seen a small chihuahua get swooped up by one once an disappeared. Hate those dogs anyway

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    If a toddler can get picked up by an eagle...
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    All the hawk has to do is get the dog up in the air about 25 feet or so and drop it on a rock or other hard surface. Easy eating after that.

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    Hawks will scope out their prey for some time before they attack, sometimes a few days even. Even if the Hawk cannot fly away with the dog, the talons will do some real damage. Check this out:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bassngolfer View Post
    If a toddler can get picked up by an eagle...
    Yeah, except that didn't happen.

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    I had a owl stalking my dog when it was a puppy years ago. I realized the owl was looking for dinner and got the dog inside before it took a shot at the pup. Saw ferrel cat grab a squirrel last month and run off with it.

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    New question, if this hawk continues to hang around can I shoot it for being a threat to my dog? I really wish I didn't live in a subdivision because it would be a lot easier to get away with shooting the damn thing so I didn't have to worry about it.



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    If you live where hawks and eagles soar, and have small dog(s), and care to keep them, watch out for moving shadows from the sky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bsktball55 View Post
    New question, if this hawk continues to hang around can I shoot it for being a threat to my dog? I really wish I didn't live in a subdivision because it would be a lot easier to get away with shooting the damn thing so I didn't have to worry about it.

    The short answer is No.
    We raise homing pigeons and have had several hawk attacks/kills. They re the smaller versions like a Goss Hawk but love our pigeons.
    One of the local TWRA guys is a falconer and I asked him what recourse I had and he said "none". They are federally protected. Another retired game warden did give me some advice though. He said that that there was no penalty for killing one, just getting caught killing one. I have yet to be caught, .

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    yep, be careful!

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