Hawk, Injured by Nailgun, Captured

Wildlife experts say the nail must have been shot out of a nail gun and was probably done on purpose.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Sunday, Oct 23, 2011  |  Updated 12:09 PM PDT
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Wildlife rescue workers accomplished their goal late Saturday. They captured an injured red-tailed hawk in Golden Gate Park.

The bird had a framing nail piercing its head.

WildRescue, a nonprofit rescue group based in Monterey, spent days trying to capture the bird so they can remove the nail and get the hawk back into the wild.

They were able to get it into a special trap around 5 p.m. Saturday near the Botanical Gardens.


The bird was taken to a center in San Jose for treatment.  The nail fell out during the transfer. The bird is reported to be adjusting well as of Sunday morning.


Dmytryk said not only is this a violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, it could also be considered an act of animal cruelty.

 WildRescue said thanks to new pledges, the reward in the case has increased to $10,000 for the arrest and conviction of whoever injured the hawk.

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