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July 13, 2014

Young hawk finds temporary home

FAIRMONT — A young broad-winged hawk has found a temporary home thanks to concerned citizens.

On Sunday, Officer Jeremiah Clark with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to a call of an abandoned broad-winged hawk in Katy. He said residents in the area had found the hawk in a ditch near 4H Camp Road and weren’t sure if it was injured or just fell from its nest.

Mike Book, director of the WVRRC, said the broad-winged hawk that was brought to the center on Sunday, is common in this area.

As for the condition of the hawk, Book said the bird is in “bad shape.” He said the hawk is below its average weight. Book said the volunteers at the WVRRC will feed the hawk and hopefully make it stronger to where they can release it back into the wild.

In 2013, Book said, the WVRRC treated 97 raptors. With a recent upgrade in facilities, he said the hawk that was rescued Sunday will be the 96th raptor to come to the WVRRC this year.

Book said having the newly built facilities and people knowing how to get ahold of the WVRRC is the reason why they have taken in more birds this year. He said this year they have released 60-65 percent of the raptors they’ve taken in.

Find the full story in Monday's Times West Virginian, available at newsstands or through home delivery by calling 304-367-2525 or 304-367-2527.

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