Mama Hawk Attacks Humans

Hawk family creates home at Boy Scouts headquarters parking lot

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    A hawk protecting her nest has injured some people outside the Boy Scouts of America Headquarters in Irving. (Published Tuesday, Jul 17, 2012)

    A hawk injured four people while trying to keep people away from her babies in an Irving parking lot.

    The Boy Scouts of America's headquarters closed a portion of its parking lot for weeks while the mother hawk raised her babies.

    At first, people thought she was just a crazy bird, said Tandy Gilliam, the Boy Scouts' associate director of properties. When the attacks continued, the organization contacted Texas Rescue, which helped the group understand the situation.

    "The bird was doing what it was doing -- that was its natural instinct to keep predators away, which she thought anybody bigger than a squirrel, I assume, is a predator," Gilliam said.

    A security officer whose head was scratched from the bird's claws was one of the people attacked.

    "He didn't complain that it hurt or anything; it just kind of hit him and just startled him more than anything," Gilliam said.

    Gilliam said the Boy Scouts abided by the hawk's wishes. The group blocked off almost 40 parking spaces for more than three weeks to accommodate the mother and her nest. The security guard even began wearing a hard hat while patrolling the parking lot, and visitors received special care.

    "I doubled up my security, and they came out with umbrellas and escorted," Gilliam said.

    The parking lot reopened last week after the mother left. Three of the baby hawks are still around.

    Denise Acosta, a Boy Scout parent, has been snapping pictures of them.

    "I just love nature, and I love that they're among us," she said.

    Fred Sanderson, Irving animal services manager, said his department receives about a dozen calls every year about nesting birds. He predicted that a hawk would likely make another nest at Boy Scouts headquarters next year.