- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

STRATHAM, N.H. (AP) - The red-tailed hawk is getting a lot of attention these days - first a group of fourth-graders proposed a bill to make it New Hampshire’s official raptor, and now the state Fish and Game Department has helped nurse an injured one back to health.

Conservation Officer Graham Courtney rescued the hawk this winter in heavy traffic on Route 101 in Stratham. He said the bird suffered an eye injury.

The hawk was cared for by Jane Kelly of “On a Wing” Wildlife Rehabilitation in Epping. It was being released Monday afternoon near where it was found, to reunite with its mate.

The students’ bill failed to pass in the House last month, but a state senator is attaching language to a bill to name the bobcat the state’s official wildcat.

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