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Hawaiian hawk recovers, released on Big Island

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSIn this April 27, 2013 photo provided by the Three Ring Ranch, 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. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating and wants information on who is harming the birds. Two endangered Hawaiian hawks were found with what appears to be pellet gunshot wounds on the Big Island and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service wants to know what happened to them. (AP Photo/Three Ring Ranch,Norman Goody)
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    In this April 27, 2013 photo provided by the Three Ring Ranch, 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. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating and wants information on who is harming the birds. Two endangered Hawaiian hawks were found with what appears to be pellet gunshot wounds on the Big Island and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service wants to know what happened to them. (AP Photo/Three Ring Ranch,Norman Goody)
  • ASSOCIATED PRESSIn this radiograph taken on April 28, 2013 and provided by the Three Ring Ranch is a pellet lodged in an endangered Hawaiian hawk at Keauhou Veterinary Hospital in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Two endangered Hawaiian hawks were found with what appears to be pellet gunshot wounds on the Big Island and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service wants to know what happened to them. (AP Photo/Three Ring Ranch)
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    In this radiograph taken on April 28, 2013 and provided by the Three Ring Ranch is a pellet lodged in an endangered Hawaiian hawk at Keauhou Veterinary Hospital in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Two endangered Hawaiian hawks were found with what appears to be pellet gunshot wounds on the Big Island and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service wants to know what happened to them. (AP Photo/Three Ring Ranch)

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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