Monday, February 4, 2013

It happened again

This photo shows what happens when an uncaring person aims his shotgun at a raptor. The majority of ASHTON's primary feathers have been blasted away leaving two pellets in his wing.

This adult male Red-tailed Hawk was found in a tree but unable to fly well enough to hunt. There is a nearby game bird farm who allow hunters on their property to shoot game birds. The actual hunting season is closed but this place has permission to continue shooting birds until the end of March.

Because raptors mate for life, and this is the time of year when they're renewing their bonds and selecting a nest, it is very important this male be returned to where he was found. The sad thing is that it will put him in harms way again, and it will also threaten his mate and any babies they fledge.

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