2 Officers, Driver Save Injured Hawk On I-81

County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Stalter, top left, a licensed falconer, and DEC Officer Tim Card hold up a Red Tail hawk, since nicknamed Lucky, they rescued Tuesday from Interstate 81.  Deputy Frank Koren Jr., inset right, the first officer who responded to the scene, kept his new buddy warm in a Christmas sweater.  According to sheriff’s deputies, driver Maureen Richter saw the injured bird while traveling on I-88 in the Town of Oneonta and alerted police. The hawk was then transported to Charlie and Dorie Koop’s in Pittsfield for rehabilitation.   Arriving at the scene, Sergeant Stalter said the hawk appeared disoriented.  The Koops, he said, will “watch and monitor” Lucky, but expect to release it back into the wild in the next few days.


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