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Moved off busy road by police chief, Harriet the Hawk takes flight in Marlborough

Union Leader Correspondent

October 11. 2018 8:42PM
Dubbed Harriet the Hawk by Marlborough Police Chief Chris Lyons, the bird was able to fly away after it had likely been hit by a car. (COURTESY)

MARLBOROUGH — Harriet the Hawk is aloft again.

Police think the bird was hit by a car Thursday on Route 101.

Police Chief Chris Lyons was called to the state Department of Transportation shed on the busy stretch for a report of an injured hawk.

“The best I can tell is that it may have been struck,” Lyons said.

Lyons, and a driver who stopped, brought the hawk to a grassy roadside area. Lyons said the bird appeared stunned, but was not obviously injured.

“I think they’re like people, in that that they can be thrown for a loop,” Lyons said.

A state Fish and Game wildlife rehabilitation specialist was dispatched from Westmoreland to investigate but the bird came around and took off.

“We were hoping for the best,” Lyons said. “It’s always better if they can take care of themselves in the wild.”

Meanwhile, in recent days a black bear, dubbed Steve by locals, has been spotted in yards going after bird feeders and other sources of food.

Lyons said people need to bring in their bird feeders and close off other potential food sources.

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