An aggressive peregrine falcon had to be removed from the Richardson Olmsted Complex. The female falcon was removed Monday by trained personnel.
During the spring and summer, the falcon was excessively protective of her territory around the complex, resulting in one person being injured and requiring stitches.
After consulting with the DEC, officials posted caution signs. The falcon and her mate raised three fledglings and the incidents lessened when their offspring left the nest.
But construction at the complex is ongoing and when work began on a five-story roof, the falcon again started attacking people, forcing construction to a halt.
This time the DEC determined that it was in the interest of public safety and the protection of the falcon to remove her from the area.
Her mate was allowed to stay and may attract another female to his nest box.