Bobby and Rosie caught and ate one rat each from Washington Square Park today. I took many photos that I will share in an upcoming post.
I am reserving this post instead to share what happened today when Rosie was aggressively (and illegally) harassed by a couple of squirrel-feeders and the verbal altercation I had with them while I was trying to protect Rosie.
I and other Hawk-watchers have witnessed the main 'harasser', the woman in the photos below, try to attack Rosie in the past.
For example, on November 25th of last year she tried to kick Rosie when Rosie was hunting near the squirrels the woman was feeding. I called the Department of Environmental Conservation emergency contact number to report the event and find out if they could help.
I spoke with one of their police officers who came to the park soon afterward. By that time the woman had left the park. But he and I kept in touch via email for a little while as he continued his investigation (in part by returning to the park in plainclothes a couple of times to try to spot the woman harassing the Hawks) but he was unsuccessful and did not get to see her in the act.
Below is the email and accompanying photos I sent him to report tonight's new occurrence. I included Sarah Neilson, the Washington Square Park administrator, and Veronica White, the Parks Commissioner, on the email: