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Hawk released back into wild

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An Upstate animal sanctuary released a rehabilitated red shouldered hawk back into the wild Tuesday.

With the help of FOX Carolina's Joe Gagnon, Paws Animal Wildlife Sanctuary released the hawk into the wilds of Spartanburg.

The release was held about 7:30 a.m. at Croft State Park. The hawk was dropped off at Paws as a baby and rehabilitated for several months before its release.

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This was not Paws' first release of a rehabilitated bird into the wild. The sanctuary has helped set several other birds free, including a great horned owl that was released on the Milliken corporate campus in August.

Paws is based in Laurens County where they work with animals that have been rescued, rehabilitate them and release them back into the wild.

Paws works to make sure the animals they rehab for return into the wild are not used to human contact so that they can survive and thrive on their own.

Mac, with Paws, said they have rehabbed enough animals this year to average one release a month.

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