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Hawk found with nail through head being released

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Posted: Nov 02, 2011 9:19 AM
Hawk found with nail through head being released

California wildlife officials are releasing a red-tailed hawk that was apparently shot in the head with a nail gun.

The hawk spent about 10 days recovering at the Milpitas-based Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley after flying around with a nail piercing her skull for several weeks. The hawk was captured on Oct. 21.

The San Francisco Chronicle ( http://bit.ly/scJKE7) reports the bird was moved to an outdoor flight aviary last week to prepare for Wednesday's release to the wild.

Monterey-based WildRescue, the group that led the rescue efforts, says the hawk was apparently shot deliberately by someone with a nail gun. WildRescue is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person who did it.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com