Gunshot Cases at Teton Raptor Center

This year, Teton Raptor Center has admitted eight patients to our rehabilitation clinic that were victims of gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon for us. Among these eight birds, six were adult hawks, one was a baby Great Horned Owl too young to fly or leave the nest, and one was an adult American Crow.

While it is distressing to report these incidents, it is crucial to address this issue since education is key to changing perceptions about raptors and corvids. Shooting raptors is illegal, and TRC is required to report gunshot cases to both the state wildlife management agency and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). These organizations collaborate to initiate investigations and enforce legal actions against offenders.

At TRC, we believe it is our responsibility, along with our supporters, to educate and inspire others to care for avian wildlife. By fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for these magnificent birds, we hope to encourage a community that values their presence, understands their roles in the natural world, and ensures their ability to survive and thrive in the wild.  

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