Trooper takes injured red-tailed hawk found near Bandon to Cascade Raptor Center in Eugene

State police said it is important not to attempt to rescue injured wildlife, especially birds of prey that are in distress. (OSP)

BANDON, Ore. - An injured red-tailed hawk found south of Bandon on Tuesday is now in the care of the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, Oregon State Police says.

Oregon State Police said Senior Trooper Josh Mullins responded to a report of an injured bird of prey Tuesday.

"Upon arrival, this juvenile Red Tailed Hawk was able to fly a short distance, but ultimately allowed the trooper to pick it up," state police said. "It was secured and transported to the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene, where it was evaluated and treated for starvation and anemia by a veterinarian."

The Raptor Center will monitor and treat the bird over the coming days.

"Mullins was informed by the veterinarian that there is a high mortality rate for raptors in their first year because many do not learn to hunt sufficiently to sustain life," state police said.

Mullins was also involved in the rescue of a stranded sea turtle found on Horsfall Beach in December. Misty White organized a search party to find the turtle after seeing a report on social media, then handed the injured reptile over to Mullins to transfer to the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

State police said it is important not to attempt to rescue injured wildlife, especially birds of prey that are in distress.

"These are wild and dangerous animal," police cautioned.

Instead, call the Oregon State Police through the dispatch centers by dialing *OSP or *677 if you are calling from a mobile phone, or dial 800-442-0776.

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