A woman in Idaho is being charged for beating a hunting falcon to death in order to save a duck.
Patti MacDonald of Idaho stepped in to save a duck by beating a man’s falcon to death. She beat the bird of prey with a beaded scarf she was wearing at the time after she saw the falcon take down a duck. She is being charged with a misdemeanor count of beating or harassing an animal.
The 8-year-old falcon’s name was Hornet and he belonged to Scott Dinger. Dinger was hunting with the falcon, when it successfully brought down a duck on Jan.7. He was about 500 yards away when he saw a red car pull up next to where Hornet landed with the duck. MacDonald then told Dinger she beat the bird. Hornet was later found dead with a fractured skull.
Part of the reason MacDonald was able to reach and hit the falcon was because it had been raised in captivity and was very used to being around humans. Hornet was not fearful when she pulled up to save the duck.
The falcon is a protected species and Dinger is disappointed that MacDonald isn’t being charged with killing a protected species.
Dinger was truly devastated to have lost such a dedicated hunting companion and says he could have had at least another 20 years with the bird. Falcons can live up to 30 years in captivity.
MacDonald tried calling anonymously to the regional conservation office later to say “that she had been very upset about the duck being injured, but felt bad about injuring someone’s pet.”
In Houser, Idaho beating or harassing an animal is punishable to up to 6 months in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.