Rough-legged hawk rallies for recovery with helping hand from Kennecott Utah Copper

A rough-legged hawk, so named because its legs are feathered down to its toes, that had migrated to Utah from the Arctic was struck by a car and sustained severe head injuries. A Kennecott Utah Copper employee found the injured bird of prey and set out to save it. The hawk, not even moving at this point, was brought to Patti Richards at Great Basin Wildlife Rescue. While the rescue center is state and federally permitted to care for wildlife, it receives no funding. Kennecott Utah Copper signed on to sponsor the hawk’s care.

Patti Richards named the female bird “Kennecott” and she and other volunteers have been diligent caretakers.

Interestingly, Kennecott was the first ever rough-legged hawk brought to the rescue center. However, since November, two additional rough-legged hawks have been brought in to Great Basin Wildlife Rescue. The center treats about 250 birds annually and only treats birds of prey.

Kennecott’s care includes hand feeding; blindness in one eye is preventing her from seeing food on her own. She is showing improvement and the ultimate goal is to release her again into the wild, but it is still too early to tell if her condition will permit it.

Take a closer look at Kennecott as we post updates on her condition on Kennecott Utah Copper’s Facebook page