Kinch, a trained and owned falcon by David Knutson, guards his prey after taking it to the ground on Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Nov. 15, 2011. Kinch can reach speeds up to about 250 mph when he dives to take out his target from the sky. “We have proven to directly impact the mission by reducing the non-damaging bird strikes and nearly eliminating the damaging bird strikes around the base,” Knutson said. “At the end of our first year here we did not have any damaging bird strikes and reduced the number of non-damaging bird strikes from the previous year by 83 percent. This results in monetary savings of dollars and reduction of flying threats for the crews and KC-135s.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Taylor Curry)

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