Kalispell Woman Seeks Help in Search for Escaped One-Eyed Hawk

High winds on Saturday caused the rough-legged hawk's kennel to flip

By Associated Press

KALISPELL — A Montana woman has asked for help searching for her one-eyed hawk that escaped from its enclosure in North Kalispell during extreme winds over the weekend.

Raptor educator and rehabilitator Kari Gabriel noticed Saturday that her rough-legged hawk named Hawkeye was not in its kennel, which had flipped over during high winds, she said.

Gabriel runs a bird rehabilitation program known as Montana Bird Lady out of her northwest Montana home.

Gabriel took in Hawkeye after the bird was hit by a car in 2014, she said. The hawk could not be released back into the wild because it is missing an eye and is partly blind in the other.

“My biggest fear is that she is going to be hit by a car, crash into a building, a house, a garage, a barn, because she is not able to see,” Gabriel said, also citing concerns about not being able to find food.

Hawkeye has two black cords tied to her legs and a black band of color at the end of her tail, she said.

Gabriel has encouraged anyone who sees the bird to contact her at 406-249-7800.

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