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Published July 22, 2013, 03:31 PM

Researchers capture Cooper's Hawks for study in Grand Forks

Some people in Grand Forks are being treated to an interesting sight. Urban raptor researchers are in town attempting to band and perform tests on a pair of Cooper's Hawks.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

Some people in Grand Forks are being treated to an interesting sight. Urban raptor researchers are in town attempting to band and perform tests on a pair of Cooper's Hawks.

They used an owl to lure the hawks from their nest Sunday night. The owl was surrounded by a net to safely capture the hawks. Researchers say it's a process that has been highly successful.

Tim Driscoll, Director of Urban Raptor Research Project: "It generally works pretty well. Bob has caught hundreds if not thousands of hawks. We've banded over five hundred coopershawks in grand forks in the last ten years including the fledglings. But probably three hundred adults, something like that."

The researchers successfully banded one baby hawk and an adult male and female last night. The nest is one of 16 coopers hawk nests in Grand Forks.

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