A young red-tailed hawk that was rehabilitated at the Mercer County Wildlife Center after being struck by a vehicle was released back into the wild by County Executive Brian M. Hughes today from the top Baldpate Mountain in Hopewell Township.
Hamilton Township residents Joey Rebovich and his father, Joseph Rebovich Sr., had rescued the wounded bird and transported it to the Wildlife Center about a month ago. Its injuries included a ruptured crop, the organ below the esophagus, where digestion occurs in birds. The crop was surgically repaired and the hawk was slowly reintroduced to food. Each year, the Wildlife Center staff and volunteers accept and treat more than 2,400 birds, mammals and reptiles at the facility, which is operated by the Mercer County Park Commission.