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Pigeon predator causes a stir

A red-tailed hawk, showing no fear of people — or anything else for that matter — has set up a killing zone for pigeons in Moss Park.

A red-tailed hawk, showing no fear of people — or anything else for that matter — has set up a killing zone for pigeons in Moss Park.

It lunches on them in broad daylight and in clear view of motorists and pedestrians at the corner of Sherbourne and Queen Street E.

People wandering to and from Moss Park Arena snapped cellphone shots of the hawk devouring a pigeon in a tree on Wednesday. It carried the pigeon to the lowest branch, and within minutes all that was left of it were the feet and a few feathers — still visible on the branch a day later.

But observers say the hawk’s diet is not limited to pigeons. Squirrels and rats have reason to fear for their lives, too.

“It seems to like this corner,” said Graham Willcock, who operates Moss Park Arena.

He tells a recent story of the hawk on the ground just outside the arena doors, clutching a rat with its talons, as children walked by.

“The kids weren’t scared. They were fascinated,” he said.

 
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