Animal control officers, one of whom was also attacked, then shot and killed two hawks, which Tom French, an assistant director of MassWildlife, later identified as an adult and a juvenile that was learning to fly.
French confirmed that state environmental police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating.
He said the state does not typically second-guess town officers who act in the interest of public safety.
"Unfortunately, there are some concerns," said Marion Larson, an information and education biologist for MassWildlife, "because it is illegal to shoot hawks and owls, and it's a federal issue as well as a state problem."
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