Peregrine falcons restored in the Black Hills - KOTA Territory News

Peregrine falcons restored in the Black Hills


Raptor biologist Janie Fink is no stranger to the fastest animal in the world. In fact, she's responsible for the release of 45 of them into the wild.

The peregrine falcon is capable of dives up to 230 mph and has been nearly extinct in the black hills since the 70s, which Fink says is mostly due to the pesticide DDT.

She's worked with the Department of Game, Fish and Parks and Black Hills Corporation since 2010 to release birds that are bred in captivity, and more are on their way.

She says it's important to educate people about these predators so they know how to respond to a grounded falcon.

"It's a modern-day conservation success story, and I hope it continues here in the Black Hills when they return in a few years to breed here," says Fink.

It only takes these peregrines about 10 days before they are ready for release into the skies of Rapid City.


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