Falconry, an ancient form of hunting, finds new devotees in Mechanicsburg

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Jade Chen and her red tail hawk, Candy Corn hunt in a wooded field in Grantville, Pa., on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2020. Chen, a Lansdale native who lives in Mechanicsburg, is a second-year apprentice falconer, one of just 204 people in Pennsylvania licensed to take part in falconry, one of the world’s most ancient forms of hunting. (Alejandro A. Alvarez/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The red-tailed hawk sat perched on the twisted limb of an old, dead tree, its eyes locked on the woman traipsing through the briars and thickets below.

Wherever Jade Chen went, Candy Corn, the hawk, followed. Sometimes Chen, 33, had to blow a small whistle around her neck to nudge him.  “Let’s find a rabbit,” she said to the bird.

Chen, a Lansdale native who lives in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County, is a second-year apprentice falconer, one of just 204 people in Pennsylvania licensed to take part in falconry, one of the world’s most ancient forms of hunting.

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