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Ann Goody, curator of Three Ring Ranch in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii inspects an endangered Hawaiian hawk after the bird was found shot and brought to her sanctuary. (AP Photo/Three Ring Ranch,Norman Goody)

Hawaiian hawk recovers, released on Big Island

May 28, 2013 at 08:53 PM

The Associated Press


HONOLULU (AP) — A wildlife facility on the Big Island says an endangered Hawaiian hawk that was found with a bullet lodged in its chest last month has been treated and released.

Ann Goody from the Three Ring Ranch Exotic Animal Sanctuary says the bird made a complete recovery after undergoing surgery. She says the bird was released on Monday at the sanctuary and perched in a nearby tree.

Goody says the bird was the second wounded hawk found in the span of six weeks on the Big Island. Both animals were apparently shot by a pellet gun, prompting an investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Goody says the Hawaiian hawk has significance in Hawaiian culture and is protected by federal and state law.


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