Nebraska officials use fireworks to scare away hawks

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — When some hawks started diving on people and pets in Kearney recently, wildlife officials brought out the fireworks.

Nebraska Game and Parks officials hope the fireworks will persuade the Cooper’s hawks to relocate.

Wildlife biologist Nick Fryda says the hawks that are causing problems are younger birds who are learning to hunt and don’t fear people much.

Fryda says the fireworks scream and bang to teach the animals to be afraid of humans. But he says he’ll probably have to return and set off pyrotechnics several times before the hawks learn.

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