Hawk shot with nail gun returned to wild in good health

A hawk believed to have been shot with a nail gun was released in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Wednesday in good health. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)A hawk believed to have been shot with a nail gun was released in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco on Wednesday in good health. (Mike Koozmin/The Examiner)

A hawk believed to have been shot with a nail gun returned home Wednesday in good health.

The hawk’s medical caretakers, the team that captured the bird, and San Francisco Animal Care and Control gathered at the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park to release the bird in the same spot where it was captured Oct. 22.

“We didn’t want to release her anywhere else,” said Rebecca Dmytryk, director of WildRescue, the wildlife emergency responder organization that captured the bird.

The juvenile red-tailed hawk flew around Golden Gate Park with a nail piercing its skull for about two weeks before rescuers were able to trap the bird and bring it to a medical center.

The hawk was treated at the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley.

Authorities are still searching for the person responsible for shooting the bird with a nail gun, a federal animal cruelty charge.

sgantz@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsCrimeCrime & CourtsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Program busing homeless out of SF sees sharp decline

City to reopen in-person Homeward Bound office to boost participation

New law makes sustainable transit easier, faster and cheaper to implement

SB 288 will add a number of climate-friendly infrastructure projects to CEQA exemption list

Nearly 50,000 facing evacuations as fires besiege California wine country

By Luke Money, Anita Chabria, Rong-Gong Lin II and Hayley Smith Los… Continue reading

Giants 5-4 loss to Padres a tough finish to a surprisingly strong season

By Gideon Rubin Special to The Examiner Austin Slater lifted his helmet… Continue reading

Family, friends and police search for missing veteran with head injury

Abraham Isaac Siliezar, 56, is an at-risk missing person with multiple medical conditions

Most Read