this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 photo, Kathy KasaKaitas, a
certified humane officer with Coulee Region Humane Society
in Onalaska, Wisc., handles a red-tailed hawk at Humane
Society headquarters. The hawk was struck by a car and
trapped in its grill in July in the Chippewa Falls area.
After over three months of rehab the hawk was released
Wednesday, Oct. 29 near the site of the accident.
ONALASKA — A
red-tailed hawk has been rehabilitated and is ready to be released
in the Chippewa Valley after it survived a 140-mile journey stuck
in the grill of a vehicle.
A.J. the hawk was
rescued in July after it collided with a vehicle north of Chippewa
Falls. The driver initially thought the bird was dead and was
unable to remove it from the grill.
The hawk had two
broken bones in one wing, according to Kathy KasaKaitas, animal
control protection and rescue supervisor at the Coulee Region
Humane Society in Onalaska. Although raptors with badly broken
wings are usually euthanized, A.J. was given a chance to recover
after surviving such odds, she said. The hawk was taken to the
humane society, where its broken wing was healed and strengthened
A.J. is expected
to be released Wednesday, the La Crosse Tribune (http://bit.ly/1vfQqp5
) reported. KasaKaitas will try to bring the hawk back to where it
originally came from to rejoin its former surroundings and
One hawk was
reunited with its mate within minutes of its release several years
ago, according to Mervin Broten, who helped care for A.J. at the
Onalaska animal shelter.
The raptor was
named after Green Bay Packer linebacker A.J. Hawk.