Aside from the obvious intense hatred of small mammals, why would anyone do this? Kate says, "falconry allows me to step into [the bird's] world for a time and be an active part of the natural order in a way that very few people ever get to experience."
Plus she has genuine affection for her avian killing machine, and this is just how it eats: "Sometimes I'll lose sight of Isabeau, but then she'll get my attention and get back to the squirrel she'd killed, staring up at me like she was saying, 'Hey! Look what I did! Now hurry up and open it. I'm hungry.' I love that reckless, snarky, wild bird."
Falconers just love falcons, and the fact that they're terrifying murder birds is just part of the package.
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And safer than falling in love with human serial killers.
"There are the falconers who've divorced their spouses after an 'it's me or the bird' ultimatum, or the guy who can barely read or write a literate sentence but is a walking encyclopedia of raptors and has successfully flown almost every bird legally able to be used for falconry," Kate says. "The falconry community is a relatively small, fairly tight-knit group."
... of beastmasters.
We're sure Kate meant to add that last bit, so we filled it in for her.