updated 10/24/2011 AT 3:05 PM ET
•originally published 10/24/2011 AT 4:15 PM ET
What began as a call from one concerned citizen grew into a citywide effort and ended with the successful capture and rescue of a red-tailed hawk that had been shot in the head with a nail gun.
Katherine Ulrich was walking through the San Francisco Botanical Garden on Oct. 16 when she spotted a bird with something sticking out of its head. She took photographs and called WildRescue, a wildlife rescue group in the Bay Area. After WildRescue alerted the local media, a rescue mission was born.
“When we’re going after a bird which may have miles in its territory, we need sightings,” says WildRescue founder Rebecca Dmytryk. “To get sightings, we need people, and to get to people, we need publicity.”