Two Peregrine Falcons Shot in California


Two peregrine falcons, a mother and daughter, were found shot in Oakland, Calif. at the beginning of the month.

The raptors, who had made a home at the Fruitvale Avenue drawbridge, were both hit in the wings with shotgun pellets and are recovering at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum in Walnut Creek, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

“This is a complete shock to me,” said Glenn Stewart, a biologist with the Predatory Bird Research Group at UC Santa Cruz, which monitors the falcon population in California. “We brought these birds back from near extinction. It’s hard not to take this personally, to feel like they’re family.”

The mother, named Haya, was found near Laguna Avenue and Alida Street on June 1, while her two-month-old daughter, Marina, was found near Tiffin Road and Whittle Avenue on June 10. Another daughter, Fern, is missing. The father, however, is reportedly fine.

The two have had surgery and are now eating, however rehabilitators are concerned about the damage to their wings and ability to fly and hunt.

“‘They are in stable condition following orthopedic surgery,’ said Anneke Moresco, director of veterinary services at the wildlife center. The falcons are eating she said, which is a good sign, but it’s always a concern when falcons’ wings have been fractured. For peregrines, Moresco said strong wings are especially critical, because they hunt in the air” reports the San Jose Mercury News.

There are only an estimated 250 pairs in California. Shooting peregrine falcons, who are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, is a federal crime.

Fish and Game officials are offering a $1,000 reward collected by Stewart from falcon lovers for information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information can call an anonymous tip line at 888-334-2258.

Photo Credit: Arabani

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Gita Sasi Dharan
Gita Sasi Dharan4 years ago

How cruel man can be! Did these poor, helpless and trusting birds deserve such a treatment? Glad they are recovering. Thank you and God Bless to those kind souls who are helping them to come back to life.

Janine H.
Janine H.4 years ago

This is a very sad story. Other animals and plants have to go only because "we" humans do not want to share the world with other life forms, these life forms "we" would not eat (vegetarian food is not a bad idea, or eating with conscience as the so called primitive cultures did and still do, if they still exist. No meat/fish every day). "We" destroy everything around us and "we" forget, that everything is important to survive, too.

As little child i thought that rain is when God and the angels cry - because "we" humans have forgotten that we need this "intelligence", someone who could help... if "we" hadn't turned away for many centuries ago...

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

KrassiAWAY B.
Krasimira B.4 years ago

Glad they are recovering!

Patricia A.
Patricia A.4 years ago

Thank you for saving these beautiful birds, and I hope the other daughter can be found alive as well. I just hope someone speaks up and turns these abusers in, so they can receive the punishment they so deserve.

Frank D.
F Duffy4 years ago

Only one word for them
Gobshits Excuse my language

Bonnie S.
Bonnie Stanley4 years ago

MY GOD are people out to just murder any animals. Is there no repect for life anymore?? I wonder if it was bored teenagers and if this makes them mad to be blamed then turn the person in or anyone that saw anything PLEASE have the GUTS to do something.

Lori P.
Lori P.4 years ago

I think it is awesome that the biologists are know so much about this bird family-and happy that those people care so much about these very special birds..all these feathered friends have been given names! These are super special birds. I would see one on a hike that I often took, and it swooped down so close by me on several occasions, I felt like it recognized me. thank you to all who are helping these birds. Shame on anyone who would harm them.

Darcy H.
Darcy H.4 years ago

But of course, then humanity does something good and I'm given a glimmer of hope, if only for a moment.

Darcy H.
Darcy H.4 years ago

I hope they fully recover. Sometimes it's hard to wrap my mind around how evil human beings are.

Maarja L.
Maarja L.4 years ago

Thank goodness they are alive.