Endangered Hawaiian hawks found shot on Big Island

Hawks have apparent pellet gun wounds

 UPDATED 3:24 PM HST May 16, 2013
HONOLULU -

Federal wildlife officials are investigating after two endangered Hawaiian hawks were found shot and wounded in the past couple of months on the Big Island.

The hawks found with what appears to be pellet gun wounds were taken to the Three Ring Ranch, an exotic animal sanctuary and wildlife rehab facility in Kailua-Kona.

Three Ring Ranch Curator Ann Goody says the birds would have died if they weren't treated. She says a hawk found March 20 has been treated and released. One found April 27 is recovering with a pellet lodged in its chest and is expected to be released soon.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking information from the public about what happened to the hawks, called "io" in Hawaiian and protected by state and federal laws.

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Norman Goody MD, Three Ring Ranch

Federal wildlife officials are investigating after two endangered Hawaiian hawks were found shot and wounded in the past couple of months on the state's Big Island.

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