We just got notice from the Environmental Protection Agency blog that the beloved red-tailed hawk of Madison Square Park, which was found dead in the park this winter, had evidence of rat poison in its system. The case is still under investigation.
From the EPA blog: “What we know so far is that there were partially reabsorbed clots of blood indicating a prior episode(s) of poisoning as well as the massive bleed-out that led to this bird’s painful death. The concerned citizen, who found the bird, also informed the state that there was an over-deployment of 19 rat bait boxes throughout this tiny, two block park.”
Hopefully another hawk will make the park home some day.