Los Alamos Animal Shelter Seeks Information On Shooting Of Raven

56675191_2363243400375554_2387196458668392448_o.jpgLos Alamos Police Department PSA Alisha Lenderman holds a raven that appears to have been shot. Courtesy photo

56606350_2363243380375556_616351721353904128_o.jpgAn xray of the raven’s broken wing. Courtesy photo


This raven was called to Los Alamos Police Department in as an injured bird off 7th street. He was contained and examined by PSA Officers. It was noted that the bird suffered from a broken right wing and it appeared that the bird had been shot.

The raven was transported to the New Mexico Wildlife Center and was examined by a certified wildlife rehabilitator who advised that it is apparent from radiographs that the bird was shot and had a severe broken wing with least two pellets remained lodged in its body. The wildlife center advised that the raven required euthanasia because of the extent of its injuries.

This type of injury is considered to be extreme cruelty to animals which is classified to be a fourth-degree felony. The state of New Mexico defines extreme cruelty to animals as a person intentionally or maliciously torturing, mutilating, injuring or poisoning an animal, or maliciously killing an animal. Upon conviction, the court may order a person to participate in an animal cruelty prevention program, an animal cruelty education program, or to obtain psychological counseling for treatment of a mental health disorder. For juveniles, such psychological counseling is mandatory.

This case has been reported to New Mexico Game and Fish and U.S. Fish and Wildlife. If you have any information about the shooting of this bird or potentially others please contact Los Alamos County Animal Control, 505.662.8179 or police-psa@lacnm.us. A report may also be made through LAPD Dispatch, 505.662.8222.