Seattle police have arrested a man after reports he was strangling a hawk in a downtown park on Monday. The hawk was so badly injured, it had to be euthanized, according to the department.
At around 4 p.m., officers responded to reports of the man strangling the bird at Victor Steinbrueck Park, said SPD’s online blotter. When officers told the man holding a Cooper’s Hawk to let go of the bird, he swore at them instead and walked away.
Along with Pike Place Market security employees, the officers grabbed the suspect’s arms while the man gripped the bird even tighter. Officers arrested the man after he was finally persuaded to let go of the bird. The bird was turned over to PAWS.
A doctor at the shelter told police the bird had suffered blunt trauma and a wing injury so severe it could not fly again. PAWS staff decided the injuries were so serious the bird needed to be euthanized.
The Seattle Animal Shelter is now aiding police in determining which of the hawk’s injuries were caused by the suspect. Regardless of what they find, the man could still face charges over what police saw him do.