CARL MARIO NUDI/Bradenton Herald

Published: Apr 17, 2013 10:21 AM EDT
Updated: Apr 17, 2013 10:39 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Two red-shouldered hawks have been dive-bombing residents of a retirement community along Florida's Gulf Coast.
The Bradenton Herald ( reports that some residents of Cortez Villas are using umbrellas to protect their heads from a pair of hawks that are nesting a fledgling in a 40-foot tree.
One woman received a four-inch scratch on her scalp. Another had to go to the hospital and get a rabies shot. A third was attacked when she went to her mailbox.
Although community leaders would like officials to relocate the nest, Florida Fish and Wildlife experts say nothing can be done.
The birds are a protected species and it's a federal penalty to destroy the nest.
Officials say birds diving at people are common this time of the year.

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