POSTED: 6:38 p.m. HST, May 28, 2013
LAST UPDATED: 6:38 p.m. HST, May 28, 2013
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.