I guess I can almost understand stealing a peregrine, because they are awesome. But putting a live, hooded, injured bird in a Dumpster? I mean, I'm glad it was found safe and they didn't just kill it or turn it loose, but what the hell.A peregrine falcon stolen in Rancho Cordova has been recovered in good condition.
The bird - in need of antibiotics because of recent foot surgery - had been taken from a car that was parked overnight Thursday while the falcon's owner waited for freeways to clear so he could drive back home to Reno.
It was in a pet carrier, hooded and with its feet wrapped.
"It got found somewhere in a Dumpster and some people turned it in to a veterinary clinic in Davis," said Martin Stiasny, the bird's breeder and owner.
"Supposedly the bird is in good condition," he added.
The bird will be taken to the Roseville bird specialist clinic, where it had been treated for a foot infection.
Stiasny hopes to get the bird back Monday and return to Reno.