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Hawk Nesting Home Spared From Demolition In Salt Lake City

Adult Red-tailed Hawk cares for its young.

An old cottonwood tree that is a nesting home to red-tailed hawks near the Salt Lake City airport has been spared demolition after a neighbor persuaded the property owners to leave it alone.

Catherine Kirby has been visiting the urban nesting area for years and sprang into action after hearing four trees would be torn down to make way for an expansion of an auto recycling business.

Chris Mantas had bought the 18-acre (7-hactare) property to expand his All Truck & Car business. He says he planned to tear down the trees after the young birds left the nest.

Kirby urged Mantas to save the trees and he listened.

Mantas says they decided to have the "hawks become part of our home."