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VIDEO: Wildlife officers in California struggle to catch hawk that got loose in camera store

Posted at 2:48 PM, Dec 12, 2018

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A young hawk in California got itself in trouble when it looked for food at the wrong place.

The bird flew into a camera store in Santa Barbara on Monday and didn't know how to get out.

Wildlife officials couldn't catch it because of the store's high ceilings. So they called in firefighters for backup and taller ladders.

The hawk was later inspected and released.

One firefighter said the ordeal put his improvising skills to the test.

"It's one of my first hawk saves," said Phil Faulding. "We just kind winged it with a net and we were able to catch it without harming it."

Wildlife officials believe the hawk was a juvenile who just recently started looking for food on its own.