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OSP Trooper Extricates Injured Hawk Struck by Vehicle on Interstate 5
03/04/2009
Senior Trooper Mike Hanson
Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division - Portland
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 427

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An Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife trooper and Milwaukie-area man worked together to rescue a hawk that was lodged in the front section of the man's sport utility vehicle after it was struck Wednesday morning on Interstate 5. The hawk was transported by the trooper to the Audubon Society of Portland to be examined for its injuries.
 
On March 4, 2009 at approximately 6:30 a.m. a Ford Expedition driven by the man was northbound on Interstate 5 at freeway speeds near the Canby exit when an adult red tail hawk flew in front of the vehicle and was struck. After stopping, the man checked the front of his vehicle and discovered the hawk had broken through the front grill and was injured, stuck between the radiator and grill.
 
OSP Senior Trooper Mike Hanson responded to the man's residence in Milwaukie. With the man's help, they removed the vehicle's front grill and dislodged the injured hawk.
 
Senior Trooper Hanson transported the injured hawk to the Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center for an examination of its injuries by Veterinarian Deb Sheaffer. Preliminary examination is encouraging.
 
Questions for the Audubon Society of Portland can be directed to Deb Sheaffer at (503) 292-0304.