KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A pair of hawks nesting near an East Tennessee apartment building aren't taking chances when it comes to protecting their nest.
The red-shouldered hawks have been known to swoop down at nearby pedestrians.
The birds took up residence near the Sequoyah Village Apartments in Knoxville about three weeks ago and made their presence known. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports several residents have been dive-bombed -- some hard enough to leave bruises or scratches. One passer-by was attacked from behind and went to the emergency room with minor puncture wounds.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency program manager Pete Wyatt told the newspaper that photographs of the birds suggest they are young and possibly lack experience with nesting.
The birds are known to defend their territory aggressively during nesting season.
While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:
Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.