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Raleigh restaurant patrons raise concerns over red-tail hawk

Posted June 23, 2010

— Some Raleigh restaurant patrons became concerned Wednesday about a red-tail hawk who has taken up residency near North Carolina State University.

Residents and business owners along Oberlin Road say the hawk started coming around a year ago. When the bird showed up Wednesday outside the Players’ Retreat restaurant, some patrons thought something was wrong with the bird.

“A couple of guys saw him when he came in and landed. It looked like he had been injured somehow. No one has ever reported anything like that before. I don't know what would have happened to him,” Richard “Gus" Gusler, owner of the Players' Retreat, said.
Gusler said one of his patrons called the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences about the hawk. A raptor expert may come by to check the hawk over.

"I hope he's OK," Gusler said.

The red-tail is considered one of the most common and one of the largest hawks in North America.


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  • im rick james Jun 24, 2010

    "Hawks have no business in the city limits"

    lol...should we teach them to read the city limits signs?

  • Bettie Jun 24, 2010

    Well, I hope it dies. I think this is the same bird that snatched my sisters pet guinea pig when she had the cage with the pig in it, sitting outside. Yes, grabbed it right out of the cage, when we lived off of Wade Ave. Hawks have no business in the city limits, one of those rescue groups needs to catch it and take it to the country.

  • drjones74 Jun 24, 2010

    There is a different connotation between "raising concerns" and "being concerned" WRAL. The article title sounds like people wanted the hawk to go away or was eating someones pet mice or something...

  • colliedave Jun 24, 2010

    I think the story was a nice humanitarian piece.
    Lone Voice in the Wilderness

    The story was about a hawk!!! These critters are fairly common. Sometimes you can see them at the Oakwood Dog Park. They feed on the squirrels that thrive there

  • Student Nurse Jun 24, 2010

    I appreciate this story also! It is nice to read a story about caring people...instead of our daily dose of accidents, accidental shootings, and ATM robberies.

  • Lone Voice in the Wilderness Jun 24, 2010

    I think the story was a nice humanitarian piece. Sometimes, I get tired of reading only about murders, shootings, assaults, political corruption, wars, multiple-victim highway accidents, and other depressing new.

    So, there are times I appreciate a story like this.

  • TeresaBee Jun 24, 2010

    Love this story. Not every story has to be so serious you know. Now I want to go visit this bird.

  • Texan Jun 24, 2010

    I'm no expert but I'd be willing to bet the poor thing is just hot.

  • lrfarms27572 Jun 24, 2010

    Wow.....I'm so stunned about this I don't even know what to say. One red hawk that might be hurt.

    I drove by 3 or 4 dead opossems, several squrills, and I'm pretty such that last one was a racoon on my 10 minute drive to work. Maybe CNN is covering those.

  • djofraleigh Jun 24, 2010

    The hawk is there for the rats that feed off the restaurant trash, I'm guessing. There's one in the low trees of Carroll MS in North Hills. As long as you stay in the car you can gaze at him.