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Md. goshawk takes new mate after 2011 killing

Tuesday - 7/23/2013, 2:28pm  ET

GRANTSVILLE, Md. (AP) -- The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says a state-endangered bird of prey apparently has found a new breeding partner two years after his mate was killed by a shotgun blast.

Wildlife biologists said Tuesday that a pair of northern goshawks has produced two healthy chicks in far western Maryland. It is the first recorded successful breeding of the species in Maryland since 2006.

The biologists say they suspect that the male is the same bird who lost his mate in 2011 in the Savage River State Forest near Grantsville. That unsolved crime killed a nesting female goshawk and left some chicks to die.

The current couple is the only known pair of northern goshawks in western Maryland.

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