Do not hurt BOP/ raptors. Most if not all BOP’s are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) which states “it shall be unlawful at any time, by any means or in any manner, to pursue, hunt, take, capture, kill, attempt to take, capture, or kill, possess, offer for sale, sell, offer to barter, barter, offer to purchase, purchase, deliver for shipment, ship, export, import, cause to be shipped, exported, or imported, deliver for transportation, transport or cause to be transported, carry or cause to be carried, or receive for shipment, transportation, carriage, or export, any migratory bird, any part, nest, or egg of any such bird, or any product, whether or not manufactured, which consists, or is composed in whole or in part, of any such bird or any part, nest or egg.”. This site does not condone the abuse of any animal, including BOP’s however frustrating it can be. It is illegal.
There are a few things you can try to avoid attacks by predatory birds. You can assess when they are more active and prone to hunt by flying very early or very late in the day. It is said that early in the morning is when there is less BOP activity. Also, learn about their migratory pattern and when higher numbers arrive in your area. During this time it’s advisable that you do not fly your rollers (this can last 3-4 months of the year). If you happen to see one on the ground or near your loft, simply startle it with a loud clap or similar so it can fly away. You will find that your presence alone is enough to scare it away. Again, do not hurt or intent to hurt it. It is against the law.