We’re all familiar with how some native species in Florida dispose of nonnative ones, such as the occasional dog that wanders too close to a lake and become a meal for an alligator. But it isn’t just gators that dog owners should watch for, at least in the Panhandle. In Fort Walton Beach, a two-pound chihuahua was playing on a second-floor deck when a hawk tried to whisk it away, nwfdailynews.com reports.
The owner heard the dogs’ screams and arrived as the hawk, with the pup in its talons, was poised to take off, so it dropped the puppy and flew away. And the dog is recovering from its wounds.
Hawk attacks on small dogs are more frequent than people might realize, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Stan Kirkland told the website. “They’re large raptors, and they eat little animals. And a little chihuahua or a little small dog looks like food to them.”