Thanks to city employees, injured hawk rescued and returned to wild

The Cooper’s hawk in a carrier, ready for transport to the PAWS Wildlife Center. (Photos courtesy Edmonds police)

An injured Cooper’s hawk spotted on the roof of the City of Edmonds Public Safety building was rescued, rehabilitated and is now back in its natural habitat, thanks to the quick work of city court and police employees.

Edmonds Animal Control Officer Andrea Scinkovec said that on July 15, a court employee told her there was a possible injured hawk on the roof — with crows circling it. The bird was above the entrance to the downtown Edmonds public safety building, home to both the police department and municipal court.

A police operator operates a drone to locate the hawk.

One of the police department’s drone operators was available and an officer deployed a drone “to see if we could locate the hawk on the roof before maintenance arrived with a ladder,” Scinkovec said. The maintenance employee was able to spot the hawk and the bird returned to the ground. where Scinkovec was able to capture it and transport it to the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood for treatment.

The wildlife center, which identified the bird as a Cooper’s hawk, was able to successfully rehabilitate the hawk and released it on July 24, Scinkovec added.

  1. Kudos to our Police Department and also thanks to PAWS which is a great resource for animals both domestic and wild.

  2. I was the Court worker (Security Guard) who spotted the poor thing upon my arrival for work. Im glad Edmonds Animal control was available for the situation and not out on a call. I was proud to assist the Animal control officer in catching it. Needless to say the crows were very unhappy. It was also my first time seeing a Cooper Hawk. Such a beautiful raptor.

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