Hawk On Patrol

Monday, June 4, 2012 - 10:35am

Aggressive hawk dive-bombs passers-by near its nest in Long Beach, California.

At least one hawk is dive-bombing people in Long Beach, California apparently in an attempt to protect a nest holding baby hawks high up in a tree on a busy avenue.

"Some people have actually got attacked on the arm," said resident Sam Williams. "They had my friend, pulled him by his hair."

Residents say they've seen hawks nesting in the neighborhood for the past three years, but this is the first time the birds have become aggressive.

"We have seen innocent ladies walking down through here and birds come down and grab their shoulder and scratch them," said Dennis Snapp, adding that the hawks have swooped down on kids as young as 8 years old.

By protecting the babies in the nest, the hawk, thought to be the mother of the chicks, has inflicted some pain on her neighbors.

"It just came down, came down after us and we ducked and I scraped my knee up 'cause it was too close for us to run," said Sandra Allen.

Despite the dive-bombing, some residents say they enjoy having the hawk family in their neighborhood.

"I think it's great to see the hawk there protecting its nest," Allen said.

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