Here's what I wrote the Governor. Hope it helps. After this, I'm
shutting up until further developments.
Dear Governor Wise,
I am writing to thank you for the decision to leave the Red-tailed Hawk
alone. Trapping a hawk as a "nuisance" is a technical and legal
procedure defined by federal and state law. As the bird is not
exhibiting aberrant destructive, or dangerous behavior it cannot be
considered a pest. Thus there is the problem of "lowering the bar" for
this definition which would justify in the minds of some people (with
not-so-altruistic goals) the taking of hawks for other reasons.
If its ok for the state to take a hawk for killing squirrels then it's
gotta be ok to take the hawk killing fightin' chickens. Or hunting the
birds at the bird feeder, or frightening the poodle, or making too much
noise, etc. . . .and you know these people are out there.
Again, thank you for deciding on the side of what is right.
Education Director, Three Rivers Avian Center