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Avian vs. predator

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A hawk eats a meaty treat at the landfill here Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. Falconers from Safari Depredation Company visit the landfill daily to help prevent animals, like seagulls and other birds, from moving the refuse to other areas of the base and to help keep landfill workers safe. While the hawks are intimidating to many of the small animals in the area, they still have to be careful for local territorial predators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Col. Richard Boltz)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A hawk eats a meaty treat at the landfill here Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. Falconers from Safari Depredation Company visit the landfill daily to help prevent animals, like seagulls and other birds, from moving the refuse to other areas of the base and to help keep landfill workers safe. While the hawks are intimidating to many of the small animals in the area, they still have to be careful for local territorial predators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Col. Richard Boltz)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Craig Golden, a falconer from Safari Depredation Company, talks to base leadership about how his falcon, Maverick, keeps birds and other small animals out of the landfill here Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. The pressure from falcons and hawks help keep animals, like seagulls and other birds, from removing the refuse to other areas of the base and helps keep landfill workers safe. While the falcons are intimidating to many of the small animals in the area, they still have to be careful for local territorial predators.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Craig Golden, a falconer from Safari Depredation Company, talks to base leadership about how his falcon, Maverick, keeps birds and other small animals out of the landfill here Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. The pressure from falcons and hawks help keep animals, like seagulls and other birds, from removing the refuse to other areas of the base and helps keep landfill workers safe. While the falcons are intimidating to many of the small animals in the area, they still have to be careful for local territorial predators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Craig Golden, a falconer from Safari Depredation Company, talks to base leadership about how his falcon, Maverick, keeps birds and other small animals out of the landfill here Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. This helps prevent animals, like seagulls and other birds, from removing the refuse to other areas of the base and helps keep landfill workers safe. While the falcons are intimidating to most of the small animals in the area, they still have to be careful for local territorial predators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Craig Golden, a falconer from Safari Depredation Company, talks to base leadership about how his falcon, Maverick, keeps birds and other small animals out of the landfill here Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. This helps prevent animals, like seagulls and other birds, from removing the refuse to other areas of the base and helps keep landfill workers safe. While the falcons are intimidating to most of the small animals in the area, they still have to be careful for local territorial predators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Craig Golden, a falconer from Safari Depredation Company, demonstrates how his falcon, Maverick, hunts prey at the base landfill here Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. The falconer helps prevent animals, like seagulls and other birds, from removing the refuse to other areas of the base and helps keep landfill workers safe. While the falcons are intimidating to many of the small animals in the area, they still have to be careful for local territorial predators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Craig Golden, a falconer from Safari Depredation Company, demonstrates how his falcon, Maverick, hunts prey at the base landfill here Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. The falconer helps prevent animals, like seagulls and other birds, from removing the refuse to other areas of the base and helps keep landfill workers safe. While the falcons are intimidating to many of the small animals in the area, they still have to be careful for local territorial predators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander, helps feed a hawk at the landfill here Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. The hawk belongs to a falconer who uses the predator birds to prevent animals, like seagulls and other birds, from removing the refuse to other areas of the base and helps keep landfill workers safe. While the hawks are intimidating to many of the small animals in the area, they still have to be careful for local territorial predators.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Col. Richard Boltz, 30th Space Wing commander, helps feed a hawk at the landfill here Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011. The hawk belongs to a falconer who uses the predator birds to prevent animals, like seagulls and other birds, from removing the refuse to other areas of the base and helps keep landfill workers safe. While the hawks are intimidating to many of the small animals in the area, they still have to be careful for local territorial predators. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)