I can’t believe I am writing this.
This is a young Red-tailed Hawk I picked up on Chestnut Street on Tuesday, January 17, after the homeowner noticed her grounded. I immediately brought her to Tufts. Unfortunately, she passed away, not even making it through the night. Upon X-Ray, Tufts discovered this was not an impact injury. She had been shot. The Environmental Police do not have the budget to perform ballistic analysis, but it appeared to be shotgun pellets.
I feel it necessary to remind the public that it is ILLEGAL UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES to shoot ANY bird of prey. They are federally protected under the Migratory Species Act, and if convicted of killing one, fines can be up to $15,000 per incident. Even if you catch a hawk eyeing your chickens, it is illegal to kill them. It is up to us to protect our chickens and domestic animals with enclosures.
It is also worth noting that shotgun hunting season ended on December 10.
I hope this post is circulated far and wide. Whoever did it may never be caught, but maybe it will deter someone from doing something similarly heinous one day.
R.I.P. Beautiful hawk. You deserved better.
P.S. This Hawk was always around the conservation land, which is called Braim Farm, behind Bloods Pond, for anyone in the area. We saw her almost daily.