Investigation begins after four hawks found dead

Juvenile Cooper's Hawk, Accipiter cooperii, standing in a backyard in River Ridge, La., a suburb of New Orleans Monday, July 9, 2007. A medium-sized hawk of the forest, the Cooper's Hawk specializes in eating birds. It does not bite the prey to kill it in the fashion of falcons, but holds it away from its body until it dies. It is built for fast flight through the obstacle course of trees and limbs. This bird was named after the naturalist William Cooper, one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.(AP Photo/Judi Bottoni)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — Officials in Columbus say an investigation is underway after four Cooper’s Hawks were found dead.

The hawks were found in the Forest Park subdivision in Columbus. A resident found the birds on her front lawn last week, 24-Hour News 8’s news partners at The Republic report.

Investigators are looking into whether the hawks could have ingested a neurotoxin commonly found in rat poison. The woman who found the birds believes the same toxin caused her dog to become ill.

While it hasn’t been confirmed that the birds were poisoned, the founder and executive director of the Indiana Raptor Center in Nashville, Ind. says things are pointing in that direction. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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