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Salem Police Aid Injured Cooper's Hawk

A young hawk is being nursed back to health thanks to a Federal Street woman and the quick response of a local police officer.

For most injured wild animals, being discovered by a passing canine can be extremely dangerous.

But for a young Cooper's Hawk that was found in front of a Federal Street home Tuesday evening, being sniffed out by a local pooch may have saved its life.

It was just after 6 p.m. Tuesday when a local woman called the police station to report that her dog had found a young hawk under the bushes in her front yard and, despite all the barking, it wasn't moving.

Fearing it was injured, the woman reached out to local police and officer Michael Levesque responded to the scene, located the injured raptor and brought it back to the station for safe-keeping.

The following morning, the hawk was transported to Byfield, where it was handed over to Wildlife Rehab Specialist David Taylor.

When we last checked in with Taylor Wednesday night, the hawk, which he said has a cataract in its eye, was safe and sound in a cage and showing signs of improvement.

"The cataract probably makes it hard for him to get around," Taylor said. "Right now we're just trying to get him eating so he can get his strength back up."

Salem Patch will be sure to keep you posted on his recovery.

pk November 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM
There have been a few stories in Patch on the rescue of "baby" birds. In Massachusetts there are no baby wild birds in November; birds nest in late winter to early summer and all the young have grown and left the nest long before now.
Chris Helms (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Thanks, pk. Of course you're right. This fellow looks to be an adolescent.
Drew November 29, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Is it possible that a cataract can be corrected and the animal will be released back into the wild? Either way, the hawk is better off than the fate it might have succumbed to if not discovered by a passionate animal lover. I hope we will have updates on its progress from the Patch.
Owen Boss (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 04:44 PM
We'll be sure to keep you posted!
gene November 29, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Thanks - we all can use a story with hopefully a good ending.
Rachel Warner December 01, 2012 at 04:07 AM
I glad he's recovering in a safe place. He didn't look to happy when I found him.
jason wert December 02, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Rachel, what a wonderful thing to do! Im a big animal lover myself, & stories like this always bring a smile. Great job!

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