Photo of hawk with arrow piercing its body still flying; wildlife officials searching for bird

A red-tailed hawk, similar to the one pictured here, has been spotted in northern Alabama with an arrow piercing its body. Wildlife officials need help finding and catching the injured bird to try and save it.
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A red-tailed hawk, similar to the one pictured here, has been spotted in northern Alabama with an arrow piercing its body. Wildlife officials need help finding and catching the injured bird to try and save it.

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Wildlife officials are searching for a red-tailed hawk with an arrow piercing its body that was photographed perched on a utility wire recently in Morgan County, Alabama.

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The red-tailed hawk is a federally protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes it illegal to pursue, hunt, capture or kill the bird without a legal waiver.

The Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division was notified by someone who saw the injured bird, according to WVTM-TV.

A member of the Alabama Hawking Association also tried to capture it, but was unsuccessful, WVTM reported.

Wildlife officials said the injured bird was last spotted in the northern part of the state near Hartselle in Morgan County.

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They’re asking people to call in if they spot the bird.

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