Red-tailed hawks found under 495 returned to wild

A pair of juvenile red-tailed hawks displaced by work at the shuttered Interstate 495 bridge have been released back in the wild.

The hawks were returned to the wildlife on Friday after five weeks of care at Tri-State Bird Rescue near Newark, officials with the rehabilitation group said.

On June 10, DNREC rescued the hawks, which were nearly old enough to fly, after concerns were raised about their safety. The birds were housed indoors for several days before they were moved to a large outdoor flight cage where their activity could be watched on a camera.

After several weeks of flight exercise, they were flying strongly and released in a safe area along the Christina River across from their nest site.

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