SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – A wildlife group says a hawk found weak and flightless in Utah apparently had his wing feathers cut by someone who’d been keeping it as a pet after illegally capturing it.
HawkWatch International says the young Cooper’s hawk was recovering at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah, but passed away.
He unable to fly when he was found because all 44 of his flight feathers were cut, apparently with scissors.
Capturing, harming or disturbing wild birds violates the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.
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