Thursday, December 14, 2006

Reporter's response about RTHA video clip

The WHDH reporter who created the news segment about the 11-year-old boy who defended his Dachshund puppy by stepping on and kicking a Red-tailed Hawk responded to my e-mail.

Dear Amy,

Thanks for your e-mail. In the time constraints of a TV story there are always points that have to be left behind. I will keep your points in mind in the future.
By the way, in this case, the enviornmental officer did mention to me that the hawk was of a protected species. However, he found the boy well within the law to do what he did and praised the boy for his actions.

Thank You again,

Dan Hausle


Blogger tai haku said...

Well at least he took the time to respond in a courteous manner.

December 14, 2006 7:19 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

True, I'll give him credit for that.

December 14, 2006 7:23 PM  
Blogger Corby said...

Thank you for doing that, I felt the same way when I saw the video. According to some wildlife rehabilitators I know, hawks only do this when they are severely emaciated and close enough to starving that they take a big risk to eat despite the presence of people. One rehabilitator mentioned that they received a hawk under similar circumstances and it died soon after from starvation despite their efforts. One can only wonder how the bird is doing after it was kicked and stepped on. I am surprised by the obvious ignorance of the wildlife officer.

I love your blog by the way.

December 15, 2006 1:33 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Corby, perhaps the reporter would benefit from reading the rehabilitators' perspectives.

December 15, 2006 2:35 PM  

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