Pepe came to us in her hatching year, in August 2006. Her injuries were probably caused by a collision with a vehicle. Pepe had a compound humeral fracture in the left wing, which was pinned. She has a chronic wing droop and never regained flight. Her sight in the left eye is also compromised. When Pepe arrived, she had been skunked, hence her name “Pepe Le Pew”.
Pepe has a mellow demeanor and likes to sit on the perch in her aviary, looking out on the Great Swamp. Red-tailed hawks are New Jersey’s most common large hawk and live in more habitats (forests, edge habitats, prairies, fields, meadows and deserts) than any other raptor.