Hawk injured along GW Parkway released back into wild after rehab

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McLEAN, Va. (AP/WJLA) - An injured hawk that's spent three months in a rehabilitation center was released Friday into the wild at Turkey Run Park along the Potomac River in northern Virginia.

Hawk in flight. (AP file photo)


The National Park Service says the red-shouldered hawk was likely struck by a car on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. A passer-by found the bird on April 3 and reported it to U.S. Park Police.

An officer and a park service biologist rescued the bird, which was subsequently taken to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia for rehabilitation.

The hawk suffered a concussion, which can leave birds unable to fly or feed themselves for weeks. Once the bird was stable, it was placed in a flight cage to regain its strength.

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