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Free bird

Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra Sun Connie Stevens releases a hawk on Tuesday that flew into the grill of a pickup truck on Nov. 30.

A young red-tailed hawk, now fully recovered from its collision with a pickup truck on Glenshire Drive two weeks ago was released back into the wild on Tuesday.

Connie Stevens, director of the Homewood Wildlife Shelter, released the bird near Olympic Heights, where on Nov. 30 it swooped in front of a moving truck, lodging itself between the bent grill and the vehicle’s radiator.

The bird, which had injured its respiratory system in the accident, took to the sky strongly when it was released Tuesday. Stevens said it will locate its family in the area, and the warm weather should help it prey on rodents for food.

“You couldn’t ask for a more perfect release,” said Stevens. “I feel absolutely thrilled.”