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Fishing Net Nabs Live Hawk Hiding In Scheels

December 18, 2013, 4:59 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Fishing Net Nabs Live Hawk Hiding In Scheels

A lone pigeon sits in the rafters in the Scheels expansion in Sioux Falls.  Saturday, a much larger bird was found when construction workers arrived on the job.

"You know, I didn't even know Copper Hawks existed until this past Saturday," Mike Waldera of Scheels said. 

Cooper's Hawks, also known as Copper Hawks, are better known for their stealthy flight maneuvers than for their desire to be indoors.  Construction workers and Scheels employees called Animal Control for assistance.

"They are a big bird, a pretty bird with big claws and we got up close and personal with him," Waldera said.

So that brings up the question of how do you safety get a hawk out of a building?  Fortunately, they didn't have to look too far for the right tool.

"We got a net, a fishing net, and without incident, we netted the hawk, released him and he flew off much happier, I'm sure," Waldera said.

With the hawk back outside where he belongs, crews were able to get back to work inside.  The entire incident gives those who work in this outdoors store quite the story to tell.

"You know, anytime you do construction, you're always expecting a few surprises.  In terms of birds, maybe a few sparrows but Saturday we got a little more than we bargained for," Waldera said.

Cooper's Hawks are sometimes considered a nuisance at bird feeders because they'll swoop in and prey on the smaller birds.  Those at Scheels believe the hawk somehow made his way through a small hole in a plastic window covering.

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