One-Eyed Hawk Missing After Windstorm Found Safe

Kari Gabriel of Kalispell runs a program called the Montana Bird Lady

By Associated Press

A one-eyed hawk that went missing after a weekend windstorm knocked over its enclosure at a rehabilitation facility in western Montana has been found safe.

Bird rehabilitator Kari Gabriel climbed the ladder of a Kalispell Fire Department bucket truck with a firefighter who used a net to capture the bird in a tree on Thursday, NBC Montana reported.

In a Facebook post,, Gabriel said Hawkeye was dining on her favorite food — beef heart.

Gabriel realized Hawkeye was missing when she found her cage overturned on Feb. 1. Gabriel, who runs a program called the Montana Bird Lady, asked the public for help searching for the hawk.

The bird was spotted several times and after several chases on Thursday, Hawkeye stayed in one spot long enough to be captured.

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

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