A Red-tailed Hawk, illegally shot with a shotgun recently near the Polo Ranches south of Jackson had to be humanely euthanized because of its injuries. The exact location of the shooting is unknown because the hawk was still able to fly and could have flown a great distance before its inability to hunt led to it becoming too weak to travel. Initial x-rays showed five pellets embedded throughout the hawk’s skeleton and tissue, including two in his sinus. However, the tendons in his rear toe were torn and a deep-seated bone infection rendered the leg non-functional. Veterinarian Dan Forman explains that without a functioning foot, a hawk is unable to catch prey or stand normally, leaving euthanasia the only option. This is the third hawk in 2013 that Teton Raptor Center admitted with gunshot wounds, none have been successfully rehabilitated due to the severity of the injuries.