Recovered Hawk Released

When it comes to looking for evidence sheriff’s crime scene investigators have the eyes of a hawk. Now they know what those eyes look like.

A few weeks ago a red tail hawk was knocked out after crashing into the office window the Douglas county crime lab director. Tracey ray said, “I was sitting at my desk and all of a sudden heard this big bang. I looked up and there was this big wing span of a bird and I saw it fall and came out to see it lying on the ground.” The three pound female red tail hawk was taken to raptor recovery Nebraska for rehabilitation. Tuesday it was time for its release.

Forensic scientist Christine Gabig handled the job with thick gloves. The less than one year old hawk was returned to its habitat which happens to be the crime lab property near 156th and west maple in Omaha. The bird has been tagged and flew to a nearby tree to check out the scenery again before flying off.

The crime lab staff has heard and seen other birds fly into the windows probably because of tree reflections. The director hopes to find a method to prevent those bird accidents. Crime scene investigators see enough crash scenes already.

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