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Rico’s beak is on the long side these days because he will be used to demonstrate hawk coping. Handlers must file the beaks of their birds of prey because the raptors don’t have the opportunity to wear them down on rocks as in the wild.

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Falconers come to roost on Rim

As a hunting population goes, the folks who hunt with birds of prey in Arizona are a pretty small group. There are only about 90 in the state, according to Jason Pollack, one of the group. Pollack is a Payson resident who hunts with a Harris hawk he calls Rico.

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