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Falconry
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Falconry

Falconry is the art or sport of training raptorss (birds of prey) to hunt or pursue game.

Traditional views of falconry state that the art got its start in Asia, however beyond opinions archaeologists have found solid proof of falconry in the Middle East dating back to the 16th century BC. Though these renderings of raptors atop a clenched fist are, according to some researchers, purely religious it puts a shadow of doubt on those traditional views.

Falconry is in practiced in many countries around the world at the present time. In the United States, falconry is legal in all states except Hawaii. The most popular birds used for falconry are the peregrine, the goshawk, and the Harris hawk. Owls and eagles are used only rarely in North American and European falconry. In Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia the eagle is used exclusively.

Peregrine falcons, though removed from the endangered species list in 1999, still may not be taken from the wild. All peregrines used in falconry are captive-bred from the progeny of falcons taken prior to the enactment of the Endangered Species Act.

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