When you come across a raptor in distress, it is necessary to take into consideration certain actions in order to intervene safely while optimizing the chances of its rescue.
Raptors encounter a multitude of dangers during their lives. In some cases, difficult conditions during migration can cause extreme fatigue. It is thus possible to meet tired or injured raptors who may die without intervention.
In other cases, raptors in distress are due to poisoning, electrocution or even persecution of poachers -raptor hunting is illegal in Morocco.
Faced with a raptor in distress, it is necessary to take into consideration certain actions to intervene safely while optimizing the chances of its rescue:
- The first thing that is necessary to ensure is that the raptor is really in distress: the young nocturnal raptors (owls) who experience their first flight are sometimes clumsy and may give the impression that they are in distress while they are not. Faced with a young nocturnal raptor, it is best not to approach and give it the time and space to take off. If the young raptor is exposed to an immediate danger (cats, car …) the only intervention to be done is to position it in height (a tree, perch).
- If you have to handle a raptor, you must take precautions to avoid its beak and its claws. Start by covering its head with a cloth allowing it to breathe, but without seeing. Grab it by the back at the height of the shoulders, wings affixed to the body. Hold its arms outstretched with heavy gloves or cloth, be careful not to get too close to people in your immediate vicinity. Be careful not to damage the feathers of the bird during handling.
- Put it in a cardboard and avoid stressing it. Then put it in a quiet dark place. Do not feed it or give it to drink, and immediately inform the MAFRC (Moroccan Association for Falconry and Raptors Conservation) at: 0666922219.