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Hawks and Owls


Author:
Brian E. Washbum
Year:
2016
Abstract:
Hawks and owls can negatively impact a variety of human interests, including important natural resources, livestock and game bird production, human health and safety, and companion animals. Conflicts between raptors and people generally are localized and often site-specific. However, the economic and social impacts to the individuals involved can be severe. Despite the problems they may cause, hawks and owls provide important benefits and environmental services. Raptors are popular with birdwatchers and much of the general public. They also hunt and kill large numbers of rodents, reducing crop damage and other problems. Hawks and owls are classified into four main groups, namely accipiters, buteos, falcons, and owls. All hawks and owls in the United States are federally pro-tected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 USC, 703−711). Hawks and owls typically are protected under state wildlife laws or local ordinances, as well. These laws strictly prohibit the capture, killing, or possession of hawks or owls (or their parts) without a special permit (e.g., Feder-al Depredation Permit), issued by the USFWS. State-issued wildlife damage or depredation permits also may be required.
Format:
1 online resource (17 pages)
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Series:
Wildlife damage management technical series
Collection:
USDA publications
Permanent URL:
https://doi.org/10.32747/2016.7208741.ws
Persistent Link:
10.32747/2016.7208741.ws