Gladstone News

Raptor on the Prowl in Briarcliff



Residents of Briarcliff Neighborhood are on high alert as reports of a large hawk stalking the area continue to circulate among the community. Concerned pet owners are even considering unconventional measures, such as purchasing raptor-proof vests for their smaller animals.


The hawk, described by witnesses as unusually large, has been spotted in various locations within the neighborhood, including street lights, cars, and driveways. Residents are sharing their encounters on social media platforms, sparking a mix of awe and concern.

One resident shared, "I guess I'll buy my chihuahuas some raptor-proof vests. That one is huge!" Another resident echoed the sentiment, saying, "He was up on the street light watching me this morning and sitting on my car a couple of weeks ago. Indian Hills. Sitting on my friend's car in my driveway 2 weeks ago, he's quite large."

While hawks are not uncommon in residential areas, their behavior is typically centered around hunting for small prey, such as rodents and birds. The sightings of this particular hawk, however, have raised eyebrows due to its size and seemingly bold behavior.

Local wildlife experts suggest that the hawk may be exhibiting territorial behavior or simply searching for food. Hawks are known for their keen eyesight and ability to spot potential prey from high vantage points, such as street lights. They are also known to use cars as perches while scouting for food.

In response to residents' concerns, the local animal control office is advising pet owners to keep their smaller animals indoors, especially during dawn and dusk when hawks are most active. Additionally, they recommend securing outdoor pet enclosures and taking precautions to discourage the presence of potential prey, such as rodents, near homes.

Residents are encouraged to report any unusual behavior or concerns related to the hawk to the local animal control office. While hawks are a natural part of the ecosystem and play a crucial role in controlling pest populations, ensuring the safety of pets and residents remains a top priority.

As the BrierCliff community keeps a watchful eye on the skies, the mystery of the large hawk's presence continues to captivate and concern residents. Authorities are monitoring the situation and providing guidance to residents on coexisting safely with local wildlife.