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Game and Fish offers $700 to find Cooper's hawk killer

Posted at 11:40 AM, Sep 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-14 15:29:20-04

Arizona Game and Fish is offering a $700 -- funded by donations -- for information leading to the arrest of someone who killed a Cooper's hawk.

Officials say someone killed the hawk on or around Sept. 7 in Picture Rocks. The dead hawk was found off West Anthony Drive, and may have been wounded days earlier. The bird was found with a five-inch-long dart shot from a blow gun stuck in it.

"In June we got many calls from area residents asking about how to help young Cooper’s hawks that were jumping their nests because of excessive heat," said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish, in a statement. "Tucsonans are passionate about wildlife, and understand that poachers are thieves stealing from them. We greatly appreciate their reward offers."

The perpetrator could face as much as six months in jail and a $750 fine under state law. The killing could also be considered a violation of the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which is punishable by six months in prison and a $15,000 fine.

If you have any information, call 1-800-352-0700.