HAWKS & OWLSGoshawk (Accipiter gentilis)

Scott E. Hygnstrom

Extension Wildlife Damage Specialist
Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Wildlife
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0819

Scott R. Craven

Extension Wildlife Specialist
Department of Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Madison, WI 53706

Fig. 1. Raptors, representative of those that may
cause damage by preying on poultry and other
birds, pets, and other animals: (a) the goshawkRed-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)
(Accipiter gentilis), (b) red-tailed hawk (Buteo
jamaicensis), and (c) great horned owl (Bubo





We wish to thank Fran and FrederickGreat horned owl (Bubo virginianus) N. Hamerstrom for their comments on early manuscripts and information regarding the handling of raptors. Reviewers included Richard H. Behm, James L. Ruos, Leroy W. Sowl,

V. Dan Stiles, and Richard Winters. Eldon L. McLaury reviewed the manuscript and provided legal information.

Figure 1 by Elva Hamerstrom Paulson, from Hamerstrom (1972).

Figure 2 from Salmon and Conte (1981).

Figure 3 by the authors.

Figure 4 from Meng (1971).

Figure 5 from Berger and Hamerstrom (1962).

Figure 6 from Kenward and Marcstrom (1983).

Figure 7 from US Department of Interior, Bulletin 211-1-77.

For Additional Information

Berger, D. D., and F. Hamerstrom. 1962. Protecting a trapping station from raptor predation. J. Wildl. Manage. 26:203-206.

Hamerstrom, F. 1972. Birds of prey of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Dep. Nat. Resour. 64 pp.

Hamerstrom, F. 1984. Birding with a purpose. Iowa State Univ. Press, Ames. 130 pp.

Heintzelman, D. S. 1979. Hawks and owls of North America. Universe Books, New York. 197 pp.

Karlbom, M. 1981. Techniques for trapping goshawks. Pages 138-144 in R. E. Kenward and I. Lindsay, eds. Understanding the goshawk, Internat. Assoc. Falconry Conserv. Birds of Prey.

Kenward, R. E., and V. Marcstrom. 1981. Goshawk predation in game and poultry: some problems and solutions. Pages 152-162 in R. E. Keward and I. Lindsay, eds. Understanding the goshawk. Internat. Assoc. Falconry Conserv. Birds of Prey.

Kenward, R. E., and V. Marcstrom. 1983. The price of success in goshawk trapping. Raptor Res. 17:84-91.

Meng, H. 1971. The Swedish goshawk trap. J. Wildl. Manage. 35:832-835.

Newton, I. 1979. Population ecology of raptors. Buteo Books, Vermillion, South Dakota. 399 pp.

Peterson, L. 1979. Ecology of great horned owls and red-tailed hawks in southeastern Wisconsin. Wisconsin Dep. Nat. Resour. Tech. Bull. 111. Madison. 63 pp.

Salmon, T. P., and F. S. Conte. 1981. Control of bird damage at aquaculture facilities. WML No. 475. US Dep. Inter. Fish Wildl. Serv., Washington, D.C. 11 pp.

US Fish and Wildlife Service. (no date). Raptor control-protecting livestock from hawk and owl predation. US Dep. Inter. An. Damage Control Bull. 211-1-77.



Scott E. Hygnstrom; Robert M. Timm; Gary E. Larson

Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage Logo 1994


Cooperative Extension Division Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources University of Nebraska -Lincoln

United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Animal Damage Control

Great Plains Agricultural Council Wildlife Committee

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