AZGFD offering reward for illegal killing of a Cooper's hawk - Tucson News Now

AZGFD offering reward for illegal killing of a Cooper's hawk

Cooper's hawk and the dart it was shot with. (Source: AZ Game and Fish Department) Cooper's hawk and the dart it was shot with. (Source: AZ Game and Fish Department)
5-inch dart used to kill the Cooper's Hawk. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department) 5-inch dart used to kill the Cooper's Hawk. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona Game and Fish Department's Operation Game Thief is offering up to $150 reward for information leading to an arrest in connection to the illegal killing of a Cooper's hawk, according to an AZGFD release. The bird was killed by a dart on or about Sept. 7 near Picture Rocks. 

"Poachers are not hunters. They are thieves stealing wildlife from the citizens of Arizona," said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson, in the release. "Killing a Cooper’s hawk is not only a violation of state law, but a federal offense as well."

AZGFD officials say the hawk was found Sept. 7 off West Anthony Drive, and that someone may have seen it wounded sooner on Sept. 5. The dart was more than 5-inches long with a broad point and could have been shot from a device that used compressed air. 

The illegal killing of wildlife is punishable by up to a $750 fine and six months in jail according to Arizona law. The killing is also punishable as a violation of the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act, with a maximum fine of $15,000 or imprisonment up to six months. 

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, anonymously if need be, and reference OGT#16-003081.

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