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Ultimate interspecies cooperation

That a released raptor hunts and comes back to its master is an act of pure interspecies magic.

Updated: December 18, 2006, 4:50 PM ET
By James A. Swan, Ph.D. | Author of "In Defense of Hunting"

In the movie "Murder In The First," I was fortunate enough to play Kevin Bacon's escort guard on Alcatraz.

One chilly February morning, riding the ferry over to Alcatraz Island from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, I spotted a man on board with a hooded red-tail hawk sitting on his arm. So I went over to see what was up.

In the script the hawk was supposed to nail a pigeon above the courtyard where the prisoners were working out, foreshadowing the impending killing of one inmate ...

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