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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A Youngstown Postal Worker has quite a story to tell after he was attacked by a hawk.

Kris Campbell was delivering mail in Liberty Township - near the corner of East Montrose and Staunton- when a bird swooped down and grabbed his head. Campbell said it felt like being hit with a baseball bat.

"On the initial impact it threw me for a loop for second," Campbell said. "I had to turn around and look and feel my head because it felt warm so I knew there was blood, and I was bleeding definitely."

Campbell now has three gashes on his head where the bird's talons left marks. He was treated at an area hospital. He received a tetanus shot and an antibiotic.

Geoff Westerfield with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources says hawks tend to become aggressive during nesting season which typically doesn't begin until April or May. He says the aggression tends to last only a few weeks.

"One of the big rules for dealing with aggressive hawks is you don't turn your back on them," Westerfield said. "As long as you keep your eye on them they'll just keep sitting up in the tree with their eyes on you."

Westerfield says while the bird's talons can cause harm, the animals biggest defense is to scare.

"Even with small dogs they don't typically go down and carry them off. They'll usually just come down and graze right past them trying to say 'hey you're getting a little too close for my comfort please back off," explained Westerfield.

Westerfield suggests homeowners, who may have an aggressive hawk on their property, carry an umbrella to act as a barrier between themselves and the animal. He also advices that if the aggressive bird is in a public area to post warning signs.

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