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    Rescuers call it a night in search of San Francisco park for hawk with nail in its head

    NewsBirds of Prey NewsFriday 21 October 2011
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    US - San Francisco

    A wildlife rescue group tried unsuccessfully for a 4th day Thursday to capture and rescue a red-tailed hawk in a San Francisco park that appears to have been shot in the head with a nail gun.

    A rescuer spotted the bird during the afternoon in one of its usual haunts in Golden Gate Park’s southwest corner, where it had captured and was eating a gopher.

    “We know he’s gotten some nourishment, which is good because we know he’s in a weakened state,” said Rebecca Dmytryk, executive director of the Monterey-based group WildRescue.

    She noted that wild birds, like hawks are protected, and that it’s a felony to try to capture the birds without a license.

    Observers patrolling an area frequented by the hawk between a ball field and a lake got close enough to the bird to see the nail extending from its cheek through the front of its head. They said the hawk appeared to be in pain.

    WildRescue was notified of the injured bird last Sunday.

    It started scouring the park the following day, looking for signs of the hawk and setting traps. Rescuers are using traps rather than nets to capture the bird because they fear the nail could get caught on a net and further injure it.

    Source: The Washington Post National

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