The hawksund is a little-known import of the Norman conquest of 1066. Many historians suggest that the hawksund is responsible for Medieval griffin lore. The Normans used this lithe and agile predator for daily hunts for voles, rats, and other small mammals. Fortunately, southern England was ripe with the same prey. As a direct competitor with the fox, however, the hawksund struggled to maintain its population. Today, it is extremely rare. Thanks to a sway in public opinion, the hawksund is no longer a hunting companion, for mammals at least. Now, organic farmers throughout southern England employ these fiercely loyal creatures as truffle seekers.