BY MELANIE BUCK –
Two hawks were released last Friday as part of Tommy Young’s push for 80,000 total releases in his thirty years of rehabilitating animals. The first of the two was a Sharp Shin Hawk, hit by a car on November 15 near Ft. Smith. The hawk suffered a head injury with a concussion. Young nursed the bird of prey back to health with the help of Ben Campbell. Young stated that 30 percent of injured hawks are hit by motor vehicles.
The second release of the day was a Red-Tail Hawk. The bird was sponsored by Joe Chapman, owner of E.S. Construction Company, and his family. The hawk was found hung up in a web wire fence in Texarkana. Young performed surgery and put a pin in its broken wing.