Hawk chicks removed from nest after attack

PITTSBURGH (AP) – A pair of red-tailed hawk chicks have been removed from their Pittsburgh nest after the parents attacked a woman who lives nearby.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission on Wednesday took possession of the baby hawks. They will be raised and released into the wild when ready.

One woman told officials that on Saturday one of the parent hawks flew right at her head and knocked her unconscious. She suffered a black eye and bruises, and other area residents reported close calls, too.

Jim Bonner, executive director of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania, says it was an unusual situation and the Game Commission decided removal was best for the chicks and the people in the area. He says the adult hawks will now likely abandon the nest.

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