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Hawk With Nail In Head Seen In San Fransisco Park


SAN FRANSISCO, California ~ (WTSP/ AP) ~ A wildlife rescue organization spent a third day trying to capture a hawk that appears to have a nail in its head.

A rescuer spotted the red-tailed hawk on the afternoon Wednesday, October 19th in the southwest corner of Golden Gate Park, where it had caught and was eating a gopher. Rebecca Dmytryk, executive director of the Monterey-based group WildRescue, said,"we know he's gotten some nourishment, which is good because we know he's in a weakened state." Observers patrolling an area frequented by the hawk, between a ballfield and a lake, got close enough to see the nail protruding from its cheek and running through the front of its head. They said the hawk appeared to be in pain.

WildRescue was notified of the injured bird on Sunday, October 16th and started searching the park the following day, looking for signs of the hawk and setting traps. They prefer to use traps rather than nets for concerns that the nail could get caught on a net and further injure it. "It's very time-consuming trying to find it," Dmytryk said, and added that the bird was likely born in the park to parents who still live in the area. Rescuers believe someone intentionally hurt the hawk by firing a nail gun at it, many of which can be fired accurately at a distance of several yards. A donor pledged an additional $5,000 to WildRescue's reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whomever harmed the bird, bringing the total reward to $10,000. Red-tailed hawks are protected by federal law, and harming one is punishable with up to six months in jail and a $15,000 fine, according to Elise Taub, outreach and policy manager for the Humane Society of the United States' Wildlife Abuse Campaign.

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