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Louisville family wary after hawk attacks

Jeff Stegner Jeff Stegner
Peri Stegner Peri Stegner
Louisville, KY -

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Some residents in a Louisville neighborhood are dealing with a frustrating and dangerous problem: hawks. Jeff and Peri Stegner now call their home on Eagles Cove Drive "Hawk's Landing." For the past five years red-tailed hawks have nested in their backyard.

This year the nest is in a tree right above their home. The hawks are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty so despite the attacks, the noise, and the mess, the Stegners were told there's nothing they can do.

"The second time I really got hit hard," Jeff said. "My wife was telling me I needed to go to the ER or immediate care, and I didn't, but it's pretty deep. I was bleeding pretty good.

We wanted to help so we called Kentucky Fish and Wildlife in Frankfort. An expert on migratory birds and the laws protecting them told us they can have the nest taken down after the baby leaves in about 45 days.

She also told me she'd have someone from Louisville Wildlife Services contact the family.

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