YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A red-tailed hawk that survived an arrow shot through its breast has been returned to the wild.
Officials captured the hawk Friday and took it to an animal rehabilitation center for medical treatment. It had been flying in the area around the park, with the arrow piercing its breast, for at least a month.
“A lot of time, nature is very strong. It can handle itself, it can rehab and do it itself,” Wildlife Conservation Officer Shawn Musser said. “With this one, it just needed a little help. We just had to get the arrow out of it so that it could heal.”
Mark Kocher helped with the bird’s rehabilitation.
“The best feeling that I have out of this whole thing is seeing the bird released and seeing it back out in nature where it absolutely belongs,” he said.
It took only a few seconds for the bird of prey to find its way to the top of a tree at the York County park.
Barb Thomas, who lives in Pleasureville, snapped some of the pictures that helped wildlife conservation officers track the hawk. She watched as it was released and said it was rewarding to see the bird back in nature.
“I think it’s awesome they could catch this wild bird,” she said.
Musser said the investigation into who shot the hawk is ongoing. He said investigators have a few leads.