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Liberty, the young Cooper’s Hawk, had mistakenly flown into an open loading dock door at a defense contractor’s huge warehouse and factory on Milwaukee’s North Side.

Capturing and Releasing Liberty

When it became apparent that the hawk was not going to be able to find her way out of the building on her own, employees at the warehouse called the WHS Wildlife Rehabilitation Center for help.

The warehouse covered much of two city blocks, so capturing Liberty was quite a challenge, but expert WHS Wildlife staff, assisted by volunteers, rescued Liberty.

The young hawk was dehydrated and underweight, so we treated her for several days at our wildlife hospital. The volunteer, James, who helped rescue Liberty, returned the young, but now, hopefully more experienced hawk to the freedom of the skies!