IF– very big “if”– the bird is very well- trained and, above all, the dogs are accustomed to it, this could work– after all, hounds, eagles, and horses work together every winter in Asia.
But most likely this isn’t so. I fear Patrick’s scenario: “Let’s see — amped up hounds, lots of people, a couple hundred horses, a panicked fox, and someone in a coat and tie handling a massive Golden Eagle cross in the middle of it all. Madness on stilts if you ask me! When the eagle is injured or killed, it will be described as an “accident” rather than planned stupidity”.
Only it may not be the eagle that gets killed…
(And will someone tell me why anyone would dilute the genes of a Golden with those of a gerbil- eating Steppe??)