Second Cooper's hawk illegally killed in Tucson - Tucson News Now

Second Cooper's hawk illegally killed in Tucson

Cooper's Hawk before it was shot. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department) Cooper's Hawk before it was shot. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)
Cooper's Hawk after it was shot. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department) Cooper's Hawk after it was shot. (Source: Arizona Game and Fish Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona Game and Fish Department's Operation Game Thief is reporting a second Cooper's hawk has been illegally killed, there is a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. 

“This is the second time this month a poacher has stolen wildlife from the citizens of Arizona by illegally killing a Cooper’s hawk,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson, in a recent release. “This is not only a state crime, but a violation of the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act as well.” 

According to AGFD the hawk was killed at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Purple Heart Park near Houghton Road and east Rita Road. It may have been killed with either a pellet or BB gun. 

Individuals with information about the case are asked to contact Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week, anonymously if need be. Information can also be submitted online by clicking here.  They should reference OGT#16-003368.

Earlier in Sept. the public got together and increased the reward to $700 for information on another Cooper's Hawk that had been killed by a dart, near Picture Rocks.  

The illegal killing of wildlife is punishable by up to a $750 fine and six months in jail under state law. Violations of the U.S. Migratory Bird Treaty Act are punishable by a maximum fine of $15,000 or imprisonment up to six months.

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