Ferruginous Hawks are the largest hawks found in the United States. Their range is the western half of the U.S. in open, dry country. They hunt by soaring across the plains and then swooping down to catch medium-sized mammals like ground squirrels, pocket gophers, young jackrabbits, and prairie dogs. This is a light morph Ferruginous Hawk. We were driving by a Prairie Dog town in the Badlands. The hawk was on the ground and only about 30 feet from the road. We stopped and discovered that, by staying in our car, it didn’t see us as a threat. It was concentrating on eating the Prairie Dog it had caught.