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Red-tailed Hawk treated for gunshot wound

Posted by tinsley hunsdorfer at Sep 19, 2012 11:25 AM |
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Sept. 19, 2012: An illegally shot Red-tailed Hawk is currently recovering at the care center. A bullet fractured her left wing when she was shot in Vancouver, Wash., on Sept. 8. The bird has had an interesting life: She was originally captured and banded at Portland International Airport.

Red-tailed Hawk treated for gunshot wound

Veterinarian Deb Sheaffer examines an x-ray of an injured Red-tailed Hawk - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

Red-tailed Hawk - Tinsley HunsdorferAn illegally shot Red-tailed Hawk is currently recovering at the care center. A bullet fractured her left wing when she was shot in Vancouver, Wash., on Sept. 8. The bird has had an interesting life: She was originally captured and banded at Portland International Airport. Read more about banded birds in the care center.

The bird's wound is infected, so she is being treated with antibiotics. Staff and volunteers have also cultured the infection, but results aren't back yet.

Keep the hawk in your thoughts – this will be a difficult wound to recover from.

In recent years, Portland Audubon has successfully advocated for the passage of two bills in the state legislature to increase penalties for shooting birds of prey.

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