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Trained hawks scare off smaller birds, draw stares in LA

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By AMANDA LEE MYERS
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California husband and wife are attracting a growing number of clients to their unique business: using trained hawks to scare off pest birds like pigeons and seagulls.

Alyssa and Mike Bordona are "The Hawk Pros." They and their birds of prey are hired guns, brought in to chase away seagulls, pigeons and other "pest birds" that create nuisances and leave behind messes.

The Hawk Pros are among a number of bird-abatement businesses in Southern California. Clients include recycling centers, beaches and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

The Bordonaros say the hawks rarely hurt the smaller birds - their mere presence is enough to scare the pigeons and seagulls away.

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