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Peregrine Falcon Recovering from Wounds Likely From Gunshot

The male falcon was found injured in a residential area not far from the Watsonville Airport the evening of Thanksgiving Day

A peregrine falcon is recovering after what is believed to be a pellet was shot through its body near the Watsonville Airport on Thursday, a spokeswoman for a wildlife organization said Monday.

The male falcon was found injured in a residential area not far from the airport the evening of Thanksgiving Day and was taken for treatment  to the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley in San Jose, said Rebecca Dmytryk of  the animal aid group WildRescue.

An examination of the bird showed an entry wound in its chest and an exit wound in its back, probably from a pellet gun, Dmytryk said.

The bird is in stable condition and its prognosis looks promising, she said.

"The fact that he is holding his wings tight against his body normally is a good sign," Dmytryk said. "If one wing was drooping at all, that would not be good."

The peregrine falcon, the world's fastest animal at 200 mph in a dive while seeking its prey, was once on the federal list of endangered and threatened species, but was removed in 1999, according to the website of the  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

--Bay City News Service

David H. Perez November 28, 2012 at 02:16 AM
When I think of a person shooting an unbelievably beautiful bird like this, only one word comes to my mind. WHY???????
Carmen Alfaro November 28, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Idiots with nothing to do .They had no People to shoot so the bird was the next best thing,I hope the poor bird survives.
Jennifer Squires November 30, 2012 at 03:18 AM
UPDATE: KION is reporting that the falcon had to be put down because he would never be able to fly again. More here: http://www.kionrightnow.com/story/20222719/falcon-found-shot-in-watsonville-had-to-be-euthanized-due-to-injuries
Carmen Alfaro December 01, 2012 at 12:29 AM
What a waste of a lovely bird,very sad.

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