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Raven shot in head with blow dart is euthanized in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – A raven in Alaska that was struck in the head by a blow dart has been euthanized.

The Juneau Empire reported Wednesday that the raven was euthanized by a veterinarian Tuesday.

An official from the Juneau Raptor Center says the bird was first seen flying around downtown Juneau with the dart lodged in its head in April, but continued to elude capture.

The raven was trapped in a gated area at a homeless shelter Tuesday and raptor center personnel were called.

The official says the blow dart, which entered near the bird’s eye and was sticking through the opposite side of its head, “severely damaged” the bird’s sinus cavity.

Shooting a raven or other migratory bird is illegal under the Migratory Bird Act. No one has been charged.

Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com


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