St. George police respond to auto-bird collision

Photos: St. George Police Department

ST. GEORGE, Utah, April 20, 2022 (Gephardt Daily) — The St. George Police Department is on call to rescue area residents, both domesticated and wild.

“Police respond to some unique calls which was the case for Officer Talbot on Sunday, “a statement from the SGPD says.

“A family was driving south on I-15 when a hawk flew up from the center grassy median just south of exit 8 and flew into the van. It got stuck between the roof cargo carrier and the van.

“Officer Talbot pulled the hawk out and held it until DWR could respond and determine if it was injured. They determined it wasn’t injured at all and took possession of it and released it in a safer place.”

Photo: St. George Police Department

The SGPD thanked the Utah Division of Wildlife Services for its help, then offered one more observation:

“Side note: Did you know a hawk on his back (like in the picture) is a defense mechanism since they use their talons to attack?”

Photo: St. George Police Department

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