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Hawk leaves Raleigh restaurant

Posted June 24, 2010 7:51 p.m. EDT

— A red-tail hawk that took up residency near North Carolina State University on Wednesday is gone.

Residents and business owners along Oberlin Road said the hawk was gone when they arrived at work Thursday morning.

The bird started coming around a year ago, but created a stir when he showed up Wednesday outside of the Players’ Retreat restaurant.

“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.

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