Red Tail Hawk Can't Fly Downto Belly Too Full

A red tail hawk has become a common sight on the Fresno's Fulton Mall the past couple of weeks.{}{}Saturday morning there was great concern because the bird couldn't fly but it now appears the hawk over indulged.

She is a beautiful bird believed to be three to four years old. {} But Saturday morning the Red Tail Hawk couldn't fly. {} Flor Flores who works on the Fulton Mall and has been feeding the bird watched a crowd gather. {} She decided to call Fresno Police.{} "They just put a lot of attention to her because she couldn't fly. {} She was just there. {} She wouldn't fly away even though people would get near her. {} She would try."

Fresno Police arrived and put the hawk in a box. Officer Vu Yang said he discovered evidence the red tail had an appetite.{} "He had a little pigeon on his claws and wouldn't let it go. {} Once he saw a bunch of people watching he let go but he still couldn't fly."

Minutes later Kathy Bolen with Critter Creek Wildlife Station arrived. {} Her assessment of the problem, the bird's belly was full.{} "It could be full. {} You don't really want to move from the sofa once you've had a big meal."

Bolen took the Red Tail Hawk to a local vet to be checked out. {} If it's okay the bird will be released back in the downtown area which delighted Flor Flores.{}"Is she still gonna be around here. {} Oh that's awesome. {} Yeah that's awesome."

This is the beginning of mating season and it's possible the hawk has a nest in the downtown area.