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Gazette Premium Content Nesting hawks attack patrons outside Fla. library

The Associated Press Updated: March 30, 2014 at 9:56 pm

PORT ORANGE, Fla. (AP) — Six people have been attacked outside a central Florida library this week by a pair of hawks nesting in a nearby tree.

County officials are advising library patrons to use umbrellas as shields from the two red-shouldered hawks. County spokesman Dave Byron said three patrons of Port Orange Regional Library were scratched on the head, but no one was hospitalized.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://tinyurl.com/laa7pns) reports the hawks were trying to protect what appears to be three babies in the nest.

Byron said the hawks are a federally protected species and the nest can't be removed without a special permit.

The library will provide escorts and umbrellas for the next few weeks until the babies are able to fly out of the nest and their parents are less protective.

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