Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials are seeking information about three rough-legged hawks that were illegally shot earlier this month west of Idaho Falls.
One of the hawks died at the scene and two others were transported to the Teton Raptor Center in Wilson, Wyo, according to a recent news release.
Although efforts to reach officials at the center failed on Monday, the news release states that one of the birds had to be euthanized due to its injuries.
Gregg Losinski with Idaho Fish and Game said anyone with information about the shooting should call the Citizens Against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999.
The hawks that were transported to the Teton Raptor Center sustained similar injuries in the shootings. Officials found three pellet fragments in the right wing of the first bird, along with a pellet in each ankle and one in the abdomen; the bird also had a broken ulna and radius, according to the news release.
“Though the wing may have been repaired with surgery, the hawk’s left leg would never be functional because of severe nerve damage. Because of these extensive injuries, the hawk was humanely euthanized,” according to the news release.
The second bird sustained similar injuries, and had been shot in the chest, which was impacting its breathing, according to the new release.
Officials haven’t released any additional information on that bird’s condition.
Rough-legged Hawks, which migrate to Idaho and Wyoming from the arctic, are protected under the U.S. Migratory Bird Act and it is illegal to shoot them, according to the news release.