The engine crew quickly developed a plan to release the bird. After several complicated attempts to free the bird, they were successful and the bird fell to the ground where they administered care, including administering oxygen. After making the necessary notifications, the bird was carefully transported back to Station 36.
Butte County Animal control was contacted and they requested the bird be transported to Valley Oaks Veterinary Clinic in Chico. From the clinic, the bird was then taken to the Bidwell Wildlife rehabilitation center.
It was determined that the bird, believed to be a hawk at first, was actually an adult male Peregrine Falcon, a federally protected species, and the fastest member of the animal kingdom with an attack/dive rate of over 230 miles per hour.
Hoping for the very best outcome, the crew has learned that the Falcon is now at the California Raptor Foundation in Lincoln and will be rehabilitated with the goal of releasing him back to the wild in the Jarbo Gap area.