Medford police say a hawk believed to have been wounded by a shot from a pellet rifle had to be euthanized because its wing was broken and it would never fly again.
The Mail Tribune reports the that hawk was bleeding but alive after residents saw it struggle in a tree Tuesday and then plummet into a yard.
Lt. Mike Budreau says the police are looking for two young males seen in the area with what appeared to be a pellet gun.
Most birds in Oregon have some form of protection by state or federal laws from indiscriminate shooting. Budreau said shooting a protected bird can carry “a pretty stiff penalty in federal court.”