The Connecticut State Environmental Police are seeking assistance from the public with their investigation into the illegal shooting of a Red-Tailed Hawk that occurred last month in Oxford.

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According to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP), late last month, (December 2021) a Red-Tailed Hawk, which appeared to be impaled by an arrow, was observed near the intersection of Thorson Road and North Mark Drive in Oxford. The hawk was successfully captured, and is currently receiving treatment from a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

When the wildlife rehabilitator examined the injured hawk, they found that the hawk was not only suffering from the arrow wound, but it had also been shot with a air rifle, and had suffered both BB and Pellet wounds, which were still found to be embedded in the hawk.

Under Federal Law, it is illegal to take, injure, or harass any bird of prey. Under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act, individuals could face penalties of up to six months in prison, and a maximum $15,000 fine for violations.

If you have any information about this case, call the Environmental Conservation Police 24 hour Tip Line at 860-424-3333.

I'm so glad that they were able to successfully capture that beautiful hawk, and that it's receiving treatment in the caring hands of a professional. If you know something about this incident, please call now.

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