3 hawks with gunshot wounds sent to rehab center
PENDLETON, Ore. — A wildlife rehabilitation center near Pendleton says it has received three hawks with gunshot wounds, including a Cooper’s hawk from the Baker City, Oregon, area.
Blue Mountain Wildlife’s executive director Lynn Tompkins says a necropsy of the Cooper’s hawk confirmed the hawk was likely shot with nonlead ammunition, which does not fragment like lead.
Tompkins tells KAPP-KVEW the Cooper’s hawk was alive when admitted, but had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries.
She says a red-tailed hawk from Wapato has six shotgun pellets in its body while a red-tailed hawk from Eltopia has 14 pellets or pellet fragments in its body.
You can donate to the cause or adopt a bird at the wildlife rehabilitation and education center at bluemountainwildlife.org.