Author: Elizabeth D'Huart, Benicia Historical Museum

Backwards Glance: Hawk-thinning At The Benicia Arsenal, 1943

A US army commander, in 1943, grew tired of complaints about hawks killing livestock in the Benicia Arsenal, and so ordered that hawks be shot with short-range rifles. An historic photo depicts soldiers displaying the dead birds on an army vehicle. All raptors are now protected with stiff penalties and other actions for violations.

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