San Manuel Band releases hawk back into wild

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians held a ceremony on Thursday to release a rehabilitated hawk back into the wild.

The red-tailed hawk was found a month ago by a tribal member. It had been weakened after apparently being poisoned by gopher bait.

The tribe brought in a raptor specialist to bring the hawk back to health. The tribe is discussing the creation of a regular release program.

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