Hawk shot twice; Surgery required to remove bullets

One bullet near the neck and a second in the left wing were successfully removed from a red-tailed Hawk on Friday. (Wildlife Images)

For the second time in roughly a month, a red-tailed hawk was admitted to Wildlife Images Rehabilitation Center in Grants Pass with gunshot wounds.

The most recent hawk admitted suffered two gunshots and required surgery to remove the bullets.

According to Wildlife Images, the surgery was successful and bullets were removed from the neck and left wing of the bird.

The hawk was shot in the Grants Pass area. If you have any information, please contact Oregon State Police: TIP Hotline: 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP(677) (Available 24/7)

In a social media post, Wildlife Images eluded to the protection of red-tailed hawks under the Migratory Bird Act, which makes it illegal to shoot them.

"It breaks our hearts to see patients come in with these wounds because they are 100% preventable," Wildlife Images said in the posting below.


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