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Scientists Find Planet's Most Polluted Bird

Cooper's hawk found with higher levels of flame retardants than any other

(Newser) - The Vancouver area is home to what is thus far known to be our planet's most polluted wild bird. Researchers studying the livers of local birds of prey found that the Cooper's hawk was tainted with polybrominated diphenyl ethers, chemicals that function as flame retardants. Of the 13...

Hawk Shot by Nail Gun, Survives

Wildlife rescuers hoping to capture bird to help

(Newser) - Wildlife rescuers are attempting to capture and help a San Francisco hawk that had been shot in the head with a nail gun. The bird survived, and is still flying in Golden Gate Park, but experts hope to help the creature before the wound gets worse. A $10,000 reward...

Sanctuary Counts Record Number of Bald Eagles

Pennsylvania site tallies 407 this year, shattering old mark

(Newser) - More good news on the bald eagle front: Bird watchers at a major Pennsylvania preserve counted a record number this year—407, beating the previous mark of 245 set only two years ago, reports AP . This year may end up being a statistical anomaly, but it's part of longer-term trend...

Dive-Bombing Bird Stops Mail in Canadian Town

(Newser) - Residents of a Calgary suburb will have to pick up their own mail, since it seems that a hawk in the area has a personal grudge against the local mail carrier. The bird, identified as a Swainson's hawk, started terrorizing the post office worker in June, once diving with such...

Resident Hawk Claws Fenway Park Visitor

Ominously named Alexa Rodriguez mostly unharmed

(Newser) - A red-tailed hawk swooped down and attacked a 13-year-old girl at Fenway Park yesterday, the Boston Globe reports. Though the hawk scratched her scalp and drew blood, the girl is okay. “She’s fine, a little shaken,” said her teacher. But what really drew attention to the unfortunate...

Pro Golfer Kills Hawk, Faces Charges

Isenhour could earn jail time for stunt at TV show taping

(Newser) - PGA golfer Tripp Isenhour is getting attention for something other than his golf game today. Police charged Isenhour with cruelty to animals and the killing of a migratory bird, the AP reports. The 17-year pro—who has two wins on the minor-league equivalent Nationwide Tour—is alleged to have deliberately...

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