The hawk stuck in the Toms River library is now gone for good, the library hopes

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TOMS RIVER − It nearly came down to a live pigeon wearing a bulletproof-like vest to convince the hawk that had taken up residence at the Toms River Library Oct. 24 to finally take flight.

That was one of the last-ditch options Bob Glass, a master falconer, thought of trying after spending several days along with other avian and wildlife experts attempting to capture the bird. The pigeon vest employs filament loops to snag hawks and other birds of prey by the talons while leaving the secured pigeon, a preferred meal, unharmed.

Instead of the pigeon, it was the library facilities and administrative staff that finally drew the recalcitrant raptor out from its hiding place within the second-floor drop ceiling.

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