Swooping hawks have West U homeowners wearing bike helmets

This family's surveillance camera captured the image of a hawk swooping down toward a bat-wielding homeowner. (ABC-13 report)

This family’s surveillance camera captured the image of a hawk swooping down toward a bat-wielding homeowner. (ABC-13 report)

A pair of broad-winged hawks has taken residence in a West University family’s backyard and nothing can be done about it at the moment, reports Miya Shay of ABC-13.

Shay spoke to the homeowner, Allyson Cunius, who said that the pair of hawks attacked her husband and their pool man, leading to her wearing a bike helmet in her own backyard.

The hawks have also attacked other homeowners in the neighborhood, like Allison Laird’s husband who was attacked twice in one day. Laird ended up put netting in her backyard. Not satisfied, Laird called 911, which turned her to Houston Animal Control.

Still not satisfied, Laird called a professional falconer who told her the same thing: It’s breeding season and the hawks are protecting their young. The hawks will remain in the West U neighborhood until the baby hawks can be on their own.

This is the type of hawk West U residents say are attacking them in their yards. (File photo)

This is the type of hawk West U residents say is attacking them in their yards. (File photo)

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