An osprey that was rescued and transported to the Peace River Wildlife Center in Punta Gorda last month by a member of the Pine Island Wildlife Sanctuary passed away Dec. 21.
The osprey was found injured on a boat ramp in Captain Cove on Dec. 13. After X-rays were taken it showed that he had a dislocated shoulder because he had been shot.
Thomas Snodgrass, a member of the Pine Island Wildlife Sanctuary, said the Florida Fish and Wildlife officer who was able to see the osprey before it passed away, is still involved and looking into the shooting.
Snodgrass said he rescued another osprey in Alden Pines on Dec. 20 because it could not fly. That osprey is currently doing all right, according to the staff at the facility.
Anyone who finds an injured animal can call Matt Ristau at 239-699-4535, Sally Ristau at 239-810-3012 or Snodgrass at 239-810-1898.
All three individuals have wildlife and transport permits, which allows them to rescue wildlife and transport the injured to Peace River Wildlife Center.