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Dakota

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DAKOTA’S STORY:

Dakota the Red-tailed Hawk


Dakota is a female Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) who came to the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital as a juvenile from Yakima, Washington on November 18, 2004. She sustained injuries after being shot by a pellet gun and then was hit by a car when she fell to the ground. All things considered, she is fairly well off. She had damage to her right wing, but the only remnant of that is a slight droop to the wing. She can fly almost perfectly. However, she is also blind in her right eye, making judging distance nearly impossible for her. She sometimes has trouble aiming for perches and pieces of food. Because of this, she would be unable to accurately catch prey in the wild, and would likely starve.


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