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Raleigh restaurant patrons raise concerns over red-tail hawk

Posted June 23, 2010 11:10 p.m. EDT
Updated June 23, 2010 11:24 p.m. EDT

— 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.
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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.