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Kentucky Color: Old Chickenhawk

2012-02-25 - Sparksville, Adair Co., KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
The Red Tailed Hawk is a protected species today, but it was the sworn enemy of mothers raising chickens to feed their families. It was that way on Sparks Ridge, Billy Joe Fudge recalls. "I can still see my Ma, Emma Jessie Fudge, standing on the front porch of the old homeplace pulling the trigger on my Pa Fudge's 22 caliber Remington automatic rifle in an attempt to kill, maim or at least scare away a Chickenhawk screeching and circling above," he writes.

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