Two endangered Hawaiian Hawks were recently shot and wounded on the Big Island.
The two hawks were brought to the Three Ring Ranch animal sanctuary with what appears to be wounds from a BB gun.
Both hawks are about one year old.
One was treated and released. The second hawk should be released in about a week.
Experts say a lack of education is leading to the shootings.
“It’s a lack of education and respect for these creatures. Another thing we’ve heard in the past, the reasons that the birds are shot is ignorance and a young person with a BB gun going out and thinking its fun,” said Anne Goodie, with Three Ring Ranch.
It is illegal to shoot a Hawaiian Hawk.