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Red-tailed hawk

A red-tailed hawk is released into the wild after being rehabilitated by Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation following an injury to its throat. | Photo: Phil Hampel (2023)

A non-profit organization said a red-tailed hawk has made a complete recovery after a squirrel got stuck in her throat and the hawk had to be rescued by Lake County Animal Control.

Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation said they released the hawk back into the wild earlier this week.

The organization is a licensed non-profit wildlife rehabilitation center based in Barrington that cares for injured and orphaned wildlife.

The hawk was brought to the rehabilitation center by Lake County Animal Control with a squirrel “stuck partially down her throat and the rest hanging out.”

The non-profit said the squirrel had been stuck for some time based on the condition of the “poor deceased squirrel.”

The squirrel was able to be cut out of the hawk’s mouth and the hawk was able to digest the rest of the squirrel.

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This coyote is recovering at Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington after being struck by a car, lodged in its grille and dragged early Sunday morning. (Courtesy of Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation)

A coyote that was struck by a vehicle, dragged across pavement and trapped for more than two hours in the car’s grille may survive its injuries after being freed by Lake County officials Sunday morning.

The coyote’s rear right foot was mangled after it was dragged across the pavement, but those taking care of him remain hopeful he’ll pull through.

“He is missing parts of his toes, but shockingly he has no broken legs,” said Dawn Keller Monday afternoon. “He is on pain meds, anti-inflammatories, antibiotics and vitamin shots. And we’re using other products to try to stave off infection and keep him comfortable.”

Keller, the founder and director of Barrington-based Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation, said Lake County officials told her the coyote was struck by the car around 5 a.m.

Keller said the driver of the car knew an animal was hit but the driver decided not to stop and investigate, and upon returning home did not take a look at the front of the car to see if it had been damaged by hitting the animal.

Had the driver looked, the coyote would have been seen pinned into the car’s grille but still holding on to life.

Instead, it was a neighbor who noticed the suffering coyote and alerted authorities, who arrived at around 7:30 a.m., Keller said.

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Dreamway 220

The ribbon-cutting for the newly refurbished “Joe Kelsch Sr. Dreamway Trail” took place Saturday in Barrington. The bike and pedestrian trail runs alongside the restored Flint Creek from Langendorf Park to Barrington High School. (Courtesy of village of Barrington)

The ribbon-cutting for the newly refurbished “Joe Kelsch Sr. Dreamway Trail” took place Saturday in Barrington.

The trail, about 1.5 miles round-trip, runs alongside the restored Flint Creek from Langendorf Park to Barrington High School. This portion of Flint Creek now has improved streambed with newly installed native plants and trees and a new path for biking and walking.

The project was a finalist for the Governor’s Cup Award and earned an award from the American Public Works Association this year. It was a collaborative effort between the village, the Barrington Park District, the Barrington Area Unit 220 School District and local conservation nonprofits.

The trail is named after Joe Kelsh Sr., a champion of the Flint Creek Watershed and former school board president for District 220 who died in 2017. More than 25 volunteers gave 1,250 hours to the project, funded by a $516,000 Illinois Environmental Protection Agency grant and local money.

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One of four Lake County coyote pups who survived last week’s storms is recovering and in the care of Barrington’s Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation. (Courtesy of Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation)

Four coyote pups caught in a deluge that nearly drowned them in their own den owe their lives to compassionate wildlife lovers with sharp ears and ties to Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation in Barrington.

In the wake of last week’s thunderstorms, a Waukegan Township employee heard animal cries near a building on township property and went to investigate, said Flint Creek founder and director Dawn Keller. Discovering two coyote pups, he recalled another employee mentioning that an adult coyote had been struck and killed by a car several days earlier, Keller said.

The employee rescued two pups and called Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources, which referred him to Flint Creek, an all-volunteer rehabilitation center. A Flint Creek volunteer then rescued a third pup from the collapsed den. He returned with the pup to the center, but Keller says they both had lingering concerns.

“I called (him) and said, ‘do you think there were more?'” she said to which he responded, “‘I know there were more.'”

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