Hawk injured along GW Parkway released back into wild after rehab

Hawk in flight. (AP file photo)

McLEAN, Va. (AP/WJLA) - An injured hawk that's spent three months in a rehabilitation center was released Friday into the wild at Turkey Run Park along the Potomac River in northern Virginia.

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The National Park Service says the red-shouldered hawk was likely struck by a car on the George Washington Memorial Parkway. A passer-by found the bird on April 3 and reported it to U.S. Park Police.

An officer and a park service biologist rescued the bird, which was subsequently taken to the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia for rehabilitation.

The hawk suffered a concussion, which can leave birds unable to fly or feed themselves for weeks. Once the bird was stable, it was placed in a flight cage to regain its strength.