From Iceland — Falcon Arrested, No Charges Filed

Falcon Arrested, No Charges Filed

Published July 6, 2020

Sam O'Donnell
Photo by
Westfjörds Police/Facebook

On Thursday night, police in the Westfjörds arrested a young falcon who was behaving unusually. Initially, it was believed to be an eagle, but was later confirmed to be a young falcon, RÚV reports.

People in the vicinity of Bolungarvík saw the frolicsome fledgling out for a stroll, and they called the police. “It was easy to catch him because he couldn’t fly,” deputy chief of police Ingvar Jakobsson said. “The walking speed of eagles is clearly favourable to police.”

The precinct later posted to their Facebook page: “There are many who have landed in the long arm of the law. This guy was arrested earlier in the evening following a tip that something was unusual about his behaviour. He was placed in the hands of the Westfjörds Nature Agency for inspection.”

It is probably safe to assume that the Nature Agency will conduct a health check of the falcon and then attempt to return it to the wild if and when it is fit to do so.

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