From: Snowflake, Arizona
Rhonda, this is meant in the spirit of "sometimes laws make little sense!" rather than "naughty naughty!"
You probably broke several federal laws by picking up and transporting that dead red-tailed hawk. There are laws on the books that prohibit possession of even the feathers of a raptor.
Years ago, I found a dead red-shouldered hawk on the highway. I stopped and put it in the bed of my pickup, planning to take it to the Department of Natural Resources office just down the road. Then I remembered how some state officers get a little worked up about things, so, even though I know most of the officers there, I stopped again and discarded the hawk into a thicket.
You did the right thing, no doubt; just don't tell any Federal Fish & Wildlife Service people.
I knew that applied to Bald Eagles, didn't know it applied to all birds of prey. Well, the Indians have special license to possess the feathers. An eagle feather is always used during a cedar ceremony (which I have participated in numerous times). Guess it's like the license to use Peyote (didn't try that one).
Love & Peace,
Far Dareis Mai
My old Piczo site seems to be gone, so no more Navajo Nation pics :(