Rescuers looking for a red-tailed hawk in Golden Gate Park that was shot with a nail gun have increased the reward to help catch the person who injured the bird.
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The search in Golden Gate Park for the hawk that has a nail protruding from it stretched into a third day Wednesday.
Individuals rallying behind WildRescue, the group searching for the bird, have increased the reward offer for information regarding the bird’s attacker from $5,000 to $10,000, WildRescue director Rebecca Dmytryk announced Wednesday.
WildRescue, based in Monterey, began searching for the juvenile hawk Monday and will continue their search through the weekend, Dmytryk said.
Rescuers are hoping to capture the bird with a special trap, rather than nets, which could tangle in the nail and cause more harm to the bird.
The group spotted the hawk Tuesday, when it killed a squirrel, but they were unable to trap the bird.
Red-tailed hawks are a federally protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and harming one is punishable by up to six months prison and a $15,000 fine, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Dmytryk said she believe the bird is the offspring of two mated hawks in Golden Gate Park and as a juvenile, probably does not fly far from home. For that reason, she said the bird’s attacker likely lives locally.
Call (831) 429-2323 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with any information about the bird or the attack.