LAS CRUCES, N.M. (August 15, 2014) A pair of hawks protecting a nest on New Mexico State University's campus has been dive-bombing pedestrians, one of whom suffered post-concussion symptoms that included dizziness and nausea.
Five people have visited the Campus Health Center in recent weeks for treatment of injuries suffered when they were struck by the diving hawks.
Dr. Benjamin Diven says most of the patients had cuts or abrasions on their heads.
The Swainson's hawks are parents and they built their nest in a tree outside Rentfrow Gym on the university campus.
Professor Martha Desmond of the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation says the hawks consider pedestrians threats to the birds' offspring.
The university has posted warning signs in the area.